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AN IMPERIAL INSCRIBED OCTAGONAL SHE INKSTONE
AN IMPERIAL INSCRIBED OCTAGONAL SHE INKSTONE

QIANLONG INCISED WUSHU CYCLICAL DATE, CORRESPONDING TO 1778 AND OF THE PERIOD

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AN IMPERIAL INSCRIBED OCTAGONAL SHE INKSTONE QIANLONG INCISED WUSHU CYCLICAL DATE, CORRESPONDING TO 1778 AND OF THE PERIOD Of octagonal shape, the top of the stone carved with an undecorated central well encircled with a narrow water trough, the edges finely carved with horses and fish amidst waves, the reverse with a Qianlong inscription bearing the Wushu cyclical date and ending in one seal, Bide, 'Equal to virtue', one vertical side inscribed with Fang Tang Baleng Chengni yan, 'Imitating the octagonal inkstone of the Tang dynasty' 3 7/16 in. (8.7 cm.) wide, hardwood box and cover

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