Diameter: 14.9 cm (5 7/8 in.)
Norman O. Stone and Ella A. Stone Memorial Fund 2023.50
The four large seal script characters on the front side of this inkstone, 七葉永祥, may be read as "eternal good fortune for seven generations."
This ink stone is particularly noteworthy for its inscriptions in various script styles, that express auspicious wishes and document the stone’s collecting history. Inkstones are part of the Four Treasures of the Literati Studio that were used to grind solid ink cakes with the addition of water to produce liquid ink for the practice of brush painting and calligraphy. Ink stones were collector’s items that reflected their owners’ taste and sophistication.
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