Free and Unfettered Tour:A Chinese Juque Inkstone

4 weeks ago

Lot No. :MSF-J-180418
Feature: “Free and Unfettered Tour”, Juque Inkstone(1*), size 12.8x8x3.5cm, ancient Chinese sculpture art (2*), handmade.
Status:For sale
1* The inkstone is one of the four treasures of a calligrapher’s studio (aside from brush paper and ink), although it is used in ink painting as well. Its history goes back to the New Stone Age era, 5000 to 6000 years ago, when various pigments were used to decorate pottery and other objects. The first inkstone was nothing but a pigment mortar composed of a grinding surface and a grinding rod. The inkstone is the most important treasure of the study. It is also the only one that if taken care of properly will last for millennia. The inkstone is considered to be the soul and core of a scholar’s room.
Juque Inkstone gets its name from the birth place, located in Juque, a habitat of Yi Minority, Panzhihua Municipality by the side of the Jingsha River. Its history dates back to Tang and Song Dynasty and its reputation went aboard in Ming and Qing Dynasty. Juque Ink-stone is praised as “the rarity in the ink-stones” or “ the treasure of the study” for its unique quality and colorful stones. It is fine and smooth, wear-resisting, and good for writing brushes; China ink in it never rots and freezes in the cold weather; it feels like babies’ skin and knocks clear and melodious; its black color is like oil glittering. Juque Ink-stone has gathered all the advantages of four famous ink-stones. The eyes of the stones are dazzling, crystal-clean and life-like; sparkles, brows are far richer than Duan Ink-stone (one of the most four famous ink-stones in China). In addition, yellow and green jade belts, ice lines, fire winds, fish brains, algaes, fossils, gold and silver threads are colorful and surprising. In 1909, three ink stones were sent by Yunnan, China won medals at the Panama International Fair. With the development of Panzhihua since the 1980s, Juque Ink-stone has returned to its glory. In the recent 20 years, Juque Ink- Stone has not only been awarded at home and aboard several times, but also presented to the foreign leaders as the state gifts by the country leaders.
2* Ancient Chinese sculptures, the essence of ancient Chinese arts, have attained great achievements in different sculpture branches and different historical periods. They are rich in subject matter and diversified in style, presenting strong and vivid flavor of the country as well as the age. For instance, the sculptures in the Qin and Han Dynasties are rough and sturdy, the sculptures in the Wei and Jin Dynasties are vigorous and graceful, and the sculptures in Tang and Song Dynasties are rich and elegant. The ancient Chinese sculptures are also full of expressionistic spirit. They are not accustomed to the surface work or the details, but stress on the feeling and artistic conception implied by the imagination-triggering image, which is able to lead people to another artistic world.


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