Writing tool: ink tablet

One black ink tablet in the form of a flattened square with a raised perimeter. Obverse presents trigram k'un (earth) in gold pigment bounded by a gold circle. Reverse presents stamped illustration of the Eighteen Luohan (personal disciples of the Buddha). Tablet exhibits vertical fracture. Obverse right edge presents four Chinese characters.
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Ink made by Cheng Junfang of the Ming Dynasty, Wanli period. The design of this ink can be found in volume 9 of his late 16th century book, “A Manual of Cheng’s Ink Designs” 程氏墨苑.
Dimensions L x W: 55 x 54mm
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