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Ink Tablet with Peach Tree

Period:
late Qing dynasty (1644–1911, early Republic period
Date:
late 19th–early 20th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Black ink
Dimensions:
H. 4 in. (10.2 cm); W. 3 7/8 in. (9.8 cm)
Classification:
Ink
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1929
Accession Number:
30.76.197
Not on view
Ink for calligraphy and painting was made from soot mixed with a binding medium and formed into ink tablets, which were then ground with water to yield the liquid ink. Ink tablets were among the objects especially treasured and keenly appreciated by Chinese scholars.
This ink tablet is decorated with a design of a peach tree, symbolic of longevity. An inscription indicates that it was made in 1576 in the workshop of Fang Yulu (active ca. 1570–1619) under the supervision of Cheng Dayue (Cheng Junfang, 1541–ca. 1616), both famous inkmakers
Inscription: "Made by Fang Yulu under the supervision of Cheng Junfang in the bingzi year (1576) of the Wanli period".

桃都

桃有都木有精海日
夜出天雞時鳴崑崙
之食磅磄英懷君投
之報以瓊

于魯建元氏
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