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Five Color Inksticks Made by Hu Kaiwen

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Period: Qing dynasty (1644-1911)
Dimensions: each ink stick: length: 16.3 cm, width: 3.6 cm, thickness: 1.2 cm

The five ink sticks are in different colors: red, blue, green, white and pale pinkish purple but with the same shape and design. Each ink stick is rectangular. Its front is inscribed in relief with six gold-filled official characters reading (may you enjoy) a great fortune and longevity (Da fugui yi shoukao), and affixed with the gold-filled seal of "made after the Yishui method" (Fang yishui fa zao). Its back is carved in relief with the painting of peony and rocks, symbols of prosperity and longevity.   
  The five ink sticks are contained in a gold-traced black lacquer box with the color design of two dragons playing a ball. On the cover between the two dragons is an auspicious inscription in official script (li shu), reading (may you enjoy) a great fortune and longevity (Da fugui yi shoukao).   These ink sticks intended for painting are noted for their high quality as well as pure, bright and durable colors.

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