Longevity Crane and Pine Tree Ink stone

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Amongst the "Four Treasures" of the scholar's studio: ink, brush, paper, and ink stone, it was the ink stone that was the most prized possession of a learned gentleman. While created for the mundane purpose of grinding ink sticks, scholars nevertheless found deep spiritual meaning in these stones, which they felt embodied the essence of heaven and earth and represented a microcosm of the universe. Treasured ink stones were often inscribed with poetry or prose, which forms part of the connoisseurship of the object in addition to the natural aesthetic qualities of the stone and decorative carvings of the craftsman.Crane and pine tree means longevity in China.Dimensions: 5"1/2x8"x1"1/4 Preparation Time: 2-3 working days
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