Qing Dynasty

Stone Carving: Ink Stone Time: Qing Dynasty (18th century)

Length: 12.5"
Width: 9.5"
Note: Ink is prepared by rubbing ink stick on the flat surface with water, which is stored in the deeper portion of the ink stone in the far end.

Location: Shenyang Palace Museum, Shenyang, Lianning Province, China

Han Dynasty

Three-footed inkstone with lid of auspicious animal decor

Han Dynasty ( 206 BC-AD 220 ) Height: 23.2 cm

This is a typical inkstone from the late Eastern Han (25-220 AD). It is comprised of the base and a cover, which is carved in high relief in the form of an auspicious animal standing proudly with an open mouth. The sides are carved in the form of two openwork dragons. The round cover is concave inside and fits over the raised lip of the inkstone. The surface is flat and the ridge would have held the ink inside. The legs are represented in the form of bears carved in relief with a band of six dragons connecting them. Both parts of the inkstone are carved with great detail. The characters "Chun i kuan" are engraved under the chin of the auspicious animal. Thus, this is not only a rare surviving example of this inkstone type, but it also of exceptional quality.

Palace Museum, Taipei

Song Dynasty

Inkstone with inscription, "Yu Tai Sheng (Wearer of a jade belt)"

Song [Sung] Dynasty (A.D. 960--1279)
Length: 17.4 cm, Width: 5.3 cm, Height: 3.6 cm, Weight: 744 gm

grinding area, is in the shape of a Chinese shoe. The area above the ink pool is higher than normal, and on its surface is the carved inscription "Yu Tai Sheng" in seal script. The stone is purple with a lustrous white stripe around the middle, resembling a belt. Just beneath this belt and also in a ring around the inkstone, there is an ode carved in seal script characters, followed by the acknowledgment, "Wen T'ien-hsiang (A.D. 1236--1282) of Luling." A poem by the Ch'ien-lung emperor (A.D. 1736--1795) is incised in seal script in a ring beneath these characters. On the base of this inkstone is another inscription by Ch'ien-lung in clerical script that was carved in the year 1774.

Huangshan Sculpture

Sculpture carved as inkstones

at Huangshan, Anhui, China

Four Best Localitites of Inkstones


  • |Xi inkstone| inkstone produced in Xi County of Anhui Province, one of the four famous inkstone in China.

  • |Duan Inkstone| Named offer the place of origin - Duanzhou (today's Zhaoqing of Guangdong Province),the first famous inkstone in China.

  • |Tao inkstone| one of the famous four inkstones in China. named after the place of origin-TaoHei of Gansu Province.

  • |Nishan inkstone| from Nishan, Shandong Province.

A good inkstone in the store


This inkstone may be purchased in Shanghai for US$15.
The main material is Lowen stone and Longwei stone, The granularity of mineral is between 0.01-0.049mm.