The ink used by Chinese scholars for painting and calligraphy was traditionally made in the form of dry ink sticks that were ground with water on the ink stone to produce liquid ink. This allowed the artist total control over the density, texture, and quality of their ink and, by extension, the textural and tonal variations of ink by which their work would be judged. Made chiefly from pine soot (lamp black) and water-soluble animal adhesive, solid ink sticks were highly portable and could be kept almost indefinitely without losing their effectiveness. They could also be moulded in a variety of shapes and colors, complete with pictorial designs and inscriptions.Phoenix Dragon, Kylin and Tortoise pattern with seal character.This is a real antique of Qing Dynasty, and made in 300 years before.It is a Chinese antique seal, also a cinnabar ink cake.Cinnabar is a very attractive mineral, the Chinese have been using the cinnabar as a red pigment.Made of top grade vermilion.Measures:3"1/4x3"1/4.Note: Only one piece.
Preparation Time: 2-3 working days