Chengni Inkstone with Inscription of “Zhongju Chengni”

Yangzhou Museum

Yangzhou Museum

Unearthed from the Song-dynasty tomb in Sanxing village, Chengbei town of Yangzhou city in 1998, this ceramic piece is one of the best Song-dynasty Chengni Inkstones, which is one of the four most famous categories of Chinese inkslabs. A square platform with an 8.5 cm-long sideline erects in the center of the inkstone plain, resulting in a 回-shaped pool. Traces of ink are still visible on the platform, while a square seal of sunken-line Chinese characters reading “Zhongju Chengji” can be found on the slightly concave exterior bottom.

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  • Title: Chengni Inkstone with Inscription of “Zhongju Chengni”
  • Provenance: Yangzhou Museum
  • Physical Size: Height: 3.2 cm, inkstone plain: 17*16.8 cm, inkstone bottom: 16*15.6 cm
  • Dynasty: Northern Song (960 - 1127)