There is a court scene with a dancer and musicians, a scene with attendants and depicting the Emperor seated in his throne, a traveling scene with a rickshaw and another scene that appears to depict advisers/scholars. The other side of the ink block has a stunning design of a bat, and archaistic dragons. It is large in size measuring approximately 8 7/8" long by 5 1/4" wide by 2 3/4 tall. The condition is excellent for hundreds of years of age.
There is some faint surface crackles to the ink to be expected for a genuine ink cake hundreds of years old. The scenes on the sides are crisp and clear although there is some fading to the gold leaf and colors applied so many hundreds of years ago.
These original Chinese ink cakes are well documented and rare to obtain. The photos form part of the description of this special antique. The item "IMPERIAL Chinese Ink Block Cake Black Calligraphy Antique Chinese Qing Dynasty" is in sale since Tuesday, June 15, 2021.
This item is in the category "Antiques\Asian/Oriental Antiques\Other Asian/Oriental Antiques". The seller is "jewelry_secrets" and is located in Sydney. This item can be shipped worldwide.