Chinese Ink Stone?

Discussion in 'Antique Discussion' started by Josh, Feb 21, 2020.

  1. Josh

    Josh Well-Known Member

    I believe what I have found is a Chinese ink stone. Measures 7 3/8" wide, 9 3/8" tall and is 7/8" thick. Stars at the top with a temple scene in the center and then has some verse at the bottom. Looking for any opinions and possible translation. Thanks

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  2. popsycat

    popsycat Well-Known Member

    This is advertised as a chinese tea block or brick.[​IMG]
  3. trip98

    trip98 Well-Known Member

    Ink stones have a well for the ink. To make the ink you need an ink stick, a small bar usually with an elaborate embossed design, that is ground into the well with a small amount of water via a water dropper.
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  4. Josh

    Josh Well-Known Member

    Thanks to you both for the information. I have never heard of tea bricks, very interesting.
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  5. aaroncab

    aaroncab in veritate victoria

  6. Josh

    Josh Well-Known Member

    Cool, finding out all kinds of new things today.
  7. Mat

    Mat Well-Known Member

    It is in fact just tea pressed in the shape of a brick.
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  8. popsycat

    popsycat Well-Known Member

    I was just going to post that. You just pipped me at the post. Somewhere, in our loft, I believe we have one.
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