Black lacquer box with set of 12 ink cakes (detail)

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Postcard of Black lacquer box with set of 12 ink cakes (detail).
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Black lacquer box with set of 12 ink cakes (detail)

The floral designs might have been painted by either a scholar-official painter or a professional court painter. But the imperial poems ought to be copied by a scholar-official who mastered the art of calligraphy.

As shown from this illustration, the imperial poems are engraved and gilded on the ink cakes.

During the Qing dynasty (1644-1911), imperial ink cakes were produced at the palace workshops. There were also special commissions from famous ink makers in other regions, particularly in Huizhou of the Anhui province.

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Online ID: 000-100-103-443-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  A.1948.476
Date: 18th century
Probably 18th century
Material: Blue lacquered wood
Dimensions: 418 mm L x 310 mm W x 48 mm deep
What: Box
Subject: Lacquer
Who: Patrick Dudgeon (Collection)
Where: China
Description: Box of blue lacquered wood: China, Ch'ing dynasty, probably 18th century
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