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Travelling Ink Boxes

Brass Travelling Ink Boxes in a variety of shapes - A real treat! These tightly-fit boxes were used by scholars when they travelled so they could paint and do calligraphy. Cotton was placed in the bottom of the box and water was dripped into it. This provided the moisture necessary to make ink on the stone when an ink stick was ground onto it. It was also possible to create ink directly on the stone and store it in the bottom of the box. Gentlemen-scholars were known as literati, and items for the scholar’s desk were highly regarded by China’s elite.