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“Silent Leaf” Ink Stone / Slab for Painting & Calligraphy

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Article: AWP052

Leaf-shaped ink slab to ground your ink until it has the right consistency. This ink slab is most suitable for smaller ink sticks since it is rather small itself – easily fitting your palm. The She Yan (歙砚) stone material used has a surface structure which is naturally coarse so that it works well on your in stick.

 
 

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Dimensions: L 4 in x W 2.5 cm x H 1 in / L 11 cm x W 6 cm x H 2 cm

Usage: to grind ink sticks

Decorative Elements: shaped as a leave

More Info: made of Chinese She Yan (歙砚) Stone; Weight: 0.2 pounds / 100 grams

Chinese calligraphists and painters often like to use calligraphy utensils and painting tools which come in organic shapes, inspired by nature. This is also the case for this leaf-shaped ink slab. It is beautiful in its serene simplicity and not only can it be used to prepare ink but when turned upside down, it also serves its purpose as a simple and beautiful paper weight. Because if its light weight of only 100 grams, it can also be taken with you in a bag when painting outside. The She Yan Stone is traditionally produced in Shezhou (歙州) in Anhui province which gave this type of stone its name. She Yan stones were first produced during the Tang Dyansty and ink slabs made of this material are famous for the following two characteristics – there are considered to be smooth like jade (jiān rùn rú yù/ 坚润如玉) and when grounding an ink stick on a She Yan ink slab, they produce no sound which is referred to n Chinese as (mómò wúshēng / 磨墨无声).

Assortment image of Oriental ink stone shaped like a leaf with leaf patterns on top and made of dark she yan stone together with a black small Chinese ink stick

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