Tao Ti II：A Chinese Yishui Inkstone
Lot No. ：MSF-YS-210604
Feature： “Tao Ti”(ferocious mythological animal, the fifth son of the dragon king zoomorphic mask motif, found on Shang and Zhou ritual bronzes gluttonous) , Yishui Inkstone(1*), size 20x20x5.5cm, ancient Chinese sculpture art (2*), handmade.
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.
Yishui inkstones (易水砚) are produced in the ancient Yi state. Historically, it goes back to the Warring States Period and was at its peak in the Tang and Song Dynasties. Inkstones are manufactured in purple, green, white, brown and other colors. Inkstones are used for Chinese calligraphy and painting, and their history dates back about as far. Some of the finest inkstones in the world are crafted in Yi County, with much care put into creating inkstones which are honed for their craft, as well as meditatively beautiful.
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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