Washi Inkstone with Dragon Carving
This listing is for a beautiful and functional Washi inkstone. it has a detailed carving of a dragon in the clouds and the natural stone is a deep obsidian color. It is a nice size, not too big, but also not too small.
*This listing is for the inkstone only - and does NOT include the brushes and inkstick pictured.
- This inkstone weighs 1.40 lbs
- It is 4" X 6"
About Traditional Inkstones:
"Traditional East Asian ink is solidified into inksticks. Usually, some water is applied onto the inkstone (by means of a dropper to control the amount of water) before the bottom end of the inkstick is placed on the grinding surface and then gradually ground to produce the ink.
More water is gradually added during the grinding process to increase the amount of ink produced, the excess flowing down into the reservoir of the inkstone where it will not evaporate as quickly as on the flat grinding surface until enough ink has been produced for the purpose in question.
The Chinese grind their ink in a circular motion with the end flat on the surface whilst the Japanese push one edge of the end of the inkstick back and forth.
Water can be stored in a water-holding cavity on the inkstone itself, as was the case for many Song Dynasty (960–1279) inkstones. The water-holding cavity or water reservoir in time became an ink reservoir on later inkstones. Water was usually kept in a ceramic container and sprinkled on the inkstone. The inkstone, together with the Sumi-e brush, inkstick and Xuan paper, are the four writing implements traditionally known as the Four Treasures of the Study." (source Wikipedia 1, 2020)