Shinuan inkslab

Yuan Dynasty
Length: 32 cm, Width: 28 cm, Thickness: 18 cm

Made of bluestone, this inkslab, with slanting sides, is adorned with curved lines on the front. It has two inkwells and a chamber underneath, with traces of smoke left inside. The chamber, used for heating, is grayish white from burning. There are black and red traces in the inkwells. Inkslabs designed like this one are rare and peculiar to cold northern regions. It was unearthed at a Yuan Dynasty site east of Deshengmen Gate in Beijing.