She inkslab

Tang Dynasty
Length: 27.6 cm, Width: 9.4 cm, Thickness: 4.5 cm

This is a she inkslab shaped liked the character for ‘phoenix’. The water reservoir is connected with the inkwell, with the former being deeper than the latter. The top of the back bulges to be a semicircular shape, and there are two feet at the bottom. The inkslab is made of top-quality shuiboluo-patterned stone, the surface of which appears uneven but feels smooth. The stone, which is a kind of slate, does not lend for carving, and Tang ink stones of such a large size are rare.