Mud Inkstones

Last updated by chinatravel at 2014/11/3

The mud inkstones are made in many places in west Henan Province along the Yellow River and the inkstones are world famous by the making skills, and become one of the four major famous kinds of inkstones in the history of China .Enjoying equal fame with Duan , Xi and Tao inkstones ,they are called " three stones and a pottery " in Chinese history. The mud inkstones are made from the mud precipitated in the Yellow River in millennium as raw materials which is then fired by a special skill. The mud inkstones are hard and wear-resisting, like jasper , smooth as the virgin skin. The ink in the inkstone will not dry up or rot or turn into ice no matter how cold. One can breathe out and the ink-bar will be ground . Using the ink ground in the inkstone, the fine long hair of brushes will not be damaged. The mud inkstones are extremely praised by emperors, scholars and men of letters and were used as tributes in Tang and Song Dynasty. The mud inkstones have many different kinds of colors and colors such as  cinnabar red , eel yellow , crab shell blue , pea green, sandalwood incense purple are the superior colors, among which the cinnabar red and  the eel yellow particularly is the  most famous and most precious colors.

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