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TWO 'DRAGON' INKCAKES
KANGXI PERIOD (1662-1722)
One is moulded with the main side finely carved in shallow relief with a pair of confronted dragons in pursuit of a flaming pearl, the reverse carved with a gilded four-character inscription Yumi bao mo, ‘precious ink of Yumi’, and a further gilded four-character inscription wu dan qi yan, ‘ink made from five dan of burnt lacquer’, is carved on the top narrow side. The second is similarly decorated and covered with gilt lacquer.
The longest: 5 1/4 (13.3 cm.) long, two boxes
Provenance
Acquired in San Francisco in 1970s and thence by descent within the family

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Chi Fan Tsang
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