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Subject:Yixng ink stone
Posted By: Chris J. Sat, Feb 24, 2024 IP:

I would very appreciate any information about a maker of this inkstone

Subject:Re: Yixng ink stone
Posted By: mikeoz Sat, Feb 24, 2024

I'm not at all sure that this is YiXing. There are other sources of yellow clay.

The ox on the lid relates to the story of the oxherd and the weaver girl and the festival of 7/7 when the two lovers are united.

The interior design of squirrel and grapes is a wish for many children, particularly boys.

This a beautiful inkstone. I don't understand the marks.

墨寶闇 Ink treasure (and a character pronounced 'an' which means retired, or secret, etc).

正宗 which could mean something like True purpose, or genuine.

Subject:Re: Yixng ink stone
Posted By: Chris J. Sun, Feb 25, 2024

Thank you very much for your comments

Subject:Re: Yixng ink stone
Posted By: I.Nagy Tue, Mar 05, 2024

墨寶閣 Mobaoge - Mobao Pavilion
正宗  Zhengzhong ‐ Authentic

I have found the followings about Mobao Pavilion;
Mobao Pavilion inkstone is a kind of inkstone with historical value, it is developed by Zhang Yansui, an inkstone master in the Ming Dynasty. It is made of high-quality purple sand mud material, with fine and clear lines, beautiful appearance and long service life.
According to historical records, during the Jiajing period of the Ming Dynasty, there was an imperial censor named Tang Bin. He was stripped of his official position for criticizing current politics and lived in seclusion in the Mobao Pavilion, grinding ink, reading and painting, and indulging in his hobbies. He sharpened his ink into a treasure, so it was called "Mobao Pavilion Style".

With regards,

Subject:Re: Yixng ink stone
Posted By: Chris J. Wed, Mar 06, 2024

Thank you very much for your very interesting info | Associations | Articles | Exhibitions | Galleries |