Selected Ancient Inkstones and Rubbings Collected by Tianjin Museum
Inkstone has been being used in study for grinding and concocting ink since the ancient times in China, and collectively known as the “scholar’s four jewels” with writing brush, inkstick and paper. An inkstone showing originality often features the combined techniques of engraving, painting, calligraphy and rich contents of history and literature, fully expressing the scholars’ thoughts, feelings and taste. Making rubbing is one of the traditional Chinese craftsmanship. An elaborate inkstone-rubbing could truthfully and clearly display not only the full original surface of the inkstone, but also the details of the characters and patterns on the one with design.
This is the first time for Tianjin Museum to put inkstones and their rubbings together on display. The delicate inkstones and the original rubbings made during the period of Republic of China well set off each other, thus present the more complex charm of the ancient inkstones as well as their cultural connotations to the visitors.