22 March 2012
AN UNUSUAL SMALL INSCRIBED DUAN INKSTONE
Of dark purplish-brown color and in the shape of an elongated section of rock face, with a circular pale brown 'eye' at the mutual edge of the smooth grinding surface and the irregularly shaped well, with two lines of calligraphy, shanggao yuexiao and Shouzhi shou zhuo, inscribed on one of the roughly textured long sides
4¾ in. (12.2 cm.) long, fitted wood box
Charlotte Horstmann, Hong Kong.
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The two lines of calligraphy may be translated, 'viewing the high mountain the moon appears small, hand-carved by Shouzhi. Shouzhi is the zi of the Qing dynasty epigraphist Zhang Xin (1811-1848).
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