Box with Ink Cakes: Red Ink Cake in Shape of a Brocade Knot

1795–1820
Case: 26.4 x 19.1 cm (10 3/8 x 7 1/2 in.); Lid: 26.5 x 19.2 cm (10 7/16 x 7 9/16 in.)
Location: not on view
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Ink cakes (also called ink sticks) are dissolved with the addition of water and then ground on the surface of a flat square stone into liquid ink for painting and calligraphy. The precious ink cakes here, however, have never been used.

The inscription on the side of the blue ink cake says that the set was commissioned by Chen Huai, Governor of Jiangxi Province.
Box  with Ink Cakes:  Red Ink Cake in Shape of a Brocade Knot

Box with Ink Cakes: Red Ink Cake in Shape of a Brocade Knot

1795–1820

China, Qing dynasty (1644-1911), Jiaqing reign (1795-1820)

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