Peach-shaped chengni inkslab

Ming Dynasty
Length: 10.8 cm, Width: 6.9 cm, Thickness: 2. 5 cm

Chengni inkslabs were one of the four most famous types of Chinese inkslabs. Produced in Jiang County in Shanxi, they are made of mud from the bottom of Fenhe River, which was air-dried and baked hard. They are capable of producing fine ink and retaining ink or water for a long time.
This exquisitely wrought reddish brown inkslab is shaped like a peach, with two leaves forming a flat-bottomed water reservoir in-between.