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Five Color Inksticks Made by Hu Kaiwen
Five Color Inksticks Made by Hu Kaiwen
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

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. These ink sticks intended for painting are noted for their high quality as well as pure, bright and durable colors.

History of the Object
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 (lishu), reading (may you enjoy) great fortune and longevity (Da fugui yi shoukao).

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Type
Other 
Materials
Ink 
Measurements
Each ink stick: length: 16.3 cm, width: 3.6 cm, thickness: 1.2 cm 
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
China 
Geography
China 
Time period
AD 17th century ~ AD 20th century 
Creation date
17th Century - 20th Century; The Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) 
Function
ink sticks intended for painting 
Acquisition
Collection of the Imperial Palace 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
The Palace Museum 
Museum
The Palace Museum 
Credit line
 

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