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Ink Stone - Chinese, circa 1880 (Reconstructed) Archaeology Reg. No: LL 081324

Summary:
This Chinese ink stone, in two pieces, was excavated at the Commonwealth Block site between 1988 and 2003. Ink stones were used by Chinese writers to mix ink. Water was put in the indentation at one end of the stone and small amounts were transferred to the round indentation in the centre, then an ink stick (carbon or black pigment) was ground with the water for ink. Chinese calligraphers used brushes to form Chinese characters with the ink.

Writing implements, found throughout Little Lon, indicate that writing was a commonplace activity. The pens, pencils and inkwells are a tantalizing reminder of words forgotten long ago.
Description:
Two conjoining halves of Chinese ink stone. Rectangular. Well-worn. This piece of slate has been shaped by hand. Chinese writers mixed ink on its surface. After water was put in the indentation at one end of the stone, small amounts were transferred to the round indentation in the centre, and an ink stick,(carbon or black pigment) ground with water for ink.
Chinese calligraphers used brushes and ink to form Chinese characters.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Heritage Victoria, 2005
Discipline: Archaeology - Historical
Dimensions: 9 mm (Height), 113 mm (Width), 80 mm (Length)

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Tagged with: making history - little lonsdale street
Themes this item is part of: Little Lon, Little Lon Collection
On Display at: Melbourne Museum
Primary Classification: HISTORICAL ARCHAEOLOGY
Activity: writing
Trench Unit Number: 23/05/36

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