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Ink Stone in the Form of a Shell: Gallery Label - Current


Minneapolis Institute of Arts



Institution Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Carved overall in the shape of a conch shell, this small ink stone reflects late Ch'ing dynasty taste for complex forms. The tuan stone is of characteristic purple tone and several of the naturally occuring yellow-green "eye" inclusions have been carved into the decorative scheme. The low-relief barnacles adhering to the top and bottom as well as the small crab perched near the well all feature a yellow-green "eye" inclusion in their center. These inclusions were prized features of tuan stone and were often given emphasis in the carved designs
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Source: Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Rights: Copyright Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Added to Site: November 21, 2009