axe head shape; deep bowl at narrow end; two rectangular feet support wider end; dark band of sediment runs through inside bottom of bowl and exterior sides and feet

Ink Stone, 618-906

Unknown artist, expand_more

Tuan stoneexpand_more

Gift of Ruth and Bruce Daytonexpand_more  97.23.1

This elegantly fashioned, early ink stone is carved in the form of a winnowing basket, a favored shape during Tang. The artisan has cleverly carved the light-grained stone to reveal a dark striation in the center of the well which simulates puddled ink. The small scale and fine condition suggest that this was an object made exclusively for burial.

Details
Title
Ink Stone
Role
Artist
Accession Number
97.23.1
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axe head shape; deep bowl at narrow end; two rectangular feet support wider end; dark band of sediment runs through inside bottom of bowl and exterior sides and feet