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Chinese Dated 1926 Paktong Baitong Scholar's Ink Box
item#: 1258138
price: SOLD
Chinese Republic period rectangular form traveling scholar's white brass "paktong" (baitong) ink box with rounded corners finely incised on the top lid with five vertical lines of calligraphy encircled by a band of archaic form characters all centered over a background of blossoming branches. The inscription addresses the appreciation of fine quality calligraphy. To the left of the calligraphy is the Chinese cycle year date for the Year of the Tiger (1926), summer season, and to the right is a signature. Centered on the copper back is a two-character mark, presumably of the maker "Da Zhen." An abrasive surface for grinding ink is secured inside the top lid. It shows distinct signs of use. The lower portion of the box is covered in ink residue. The lid fits tightly. Measures 4 1/4” x 3” x 1 1/8.” Very good overall condition with a beautiful silver coloration and no dents. The metal inner rim on the bottom section has come loose on one side (see enlargement 5). This ink box is from the private collection of American expatriates who lived in Hong Kong in the 1970s and 1980s.

Chinese Dated 1926 Paktong Baitong Scholar's Ink Box