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ELEGANTLY MADE: Art for the Chinese Literati

March 13-27, 2020

A ‘DUCKS AND LOTUS’ SHE INKSTONE AND COVER
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A ‘DUCKS AND LOTUS’ SHE INKSTONE AND COVER

Song Dynasty (960-1279)

of rectangular sizhi yang form, carved from smooth dark gray she stone, the grinding surface sloping abruptly down to form an angled water well at one end, with a squared and inset lip all around the rim to receive the close-fitted flat cover carved in shallow relief with a pair of Mandarin ducks swimming between large stylized lily pads in a tranquil pond.

Length 4 14 inches (10.9 cm)

A two-tier she inkstone of very similar form carved on the flat cover with a similar scene of a pair of Mandarin ducks in a lotus pond was exhibited at the National Museum of History in Taipei and illustrated in the exhibition catalogue titled Hanhai cangzhen: Zhonghua wenwu xuehui 30 zhounian ji’nian zhan (Treasures of the Chinese Culture and Fine Arts Association: The 30th Anniversary Exhibition), Taipei, 2009, p. 146.

Compare the covered inkstone of similar form carved in shallow relief with stylized flowers and foliage on the flat cover, excavated from a Northern Song tomb at Macheng, Hubei, illustrated in Kaogu, 1965, No. 1, pl. 5, fig. 10.

宋 歙石鴛鴦戲荷四直蓋硯 長 10.9 厘米

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A ‘DUCKS AND LOTUS’ SHE INKSTONE AND COVER

Song Dynasty (960-1279)

Length 4 14 inches (10.9 cm)

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