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Author Ko, Dorothy, 1957- author.

Title The social life of inkstones : artisans and scholars in early Qing China / Dorothy Ko
Published Seattle : University of Washington Press, [2017]


Description 1 online resource (xii, 315 pages)
Series A study of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute Columbia University
Studies of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University.
Contents Cover; THE SOCIAL LIFE OF INKSTONES; Title; Copright; Dedication; CONTENTS; Acknowledgments; Conventions; Chinese Dynasties and Periods; Map of China; INTRODUCTION; CHAPTER 1 The Palace Workshops: The Emperor and His Servants
CHAPTER 2 Yellow Hill Villages: The Stonecutters CHAPTER 3 Suzhou: The Crafts(wo)man ; CHAPTER 4 Beyond Suzhou: Gu Erniang the Super-Brand
CHAPTER 5 Fuzhou: The Collectors EPILOGUE: The Craft of Wen; APPENDIX 1 Inkstones Made by Gu Erniang Mentioned in Textual Sources Contemporary to Gu; APPENDIX 2 Inkstones Bearing Signature Marks of Gu Erniang in Major Museum Collections; APPENDIX 3 Members of the Fuzhou Circle; APPENDIX 4 Textual History of Lin Fuyun's Inkstone Chronicle (Yanshi); APPENDIX 5 Chinese Texts; Notes; Glossary of Chinese Characters; References; Index
Summary An inkstone, a piece of polished stone no bigger than an outstretched hand, is an instrument for grinding ink, an object of art, a token of exchange between friends or sovereign states, and a surface on which texts and images are carved. As such, the inkstone has been entangled with elite masculinity and the values of wen (culture, literature, civility) in China, Korea, and Japan for more than a millennium. However, for such a ubiquitous object in East Asia, it is virtually unknown in the Western world. Examining imperial workshops in the Forbidden City, the Duan quarries in Guangdong, the commercial workshops in Suzhou, and collectors' homes in Fujian, The Social Life of Inkstones traces inkstones between court and society and shows how collaboration between craftsmen and scholars created a new social order in which the traditional hierarchy of "head over hand" no longer predominated. Dorothy Ko also highlights the craftswoman Gu Erniang, through whose work the artistry of inkstone-making achieved unprecedented refinement between the 1680s and 1730s. "The Social Life of Inkstones" explores the hidden history and cultural significance of the inkstone and puts the stonecutters and artisans on center stage
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 283-293) and index
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Subject Ink-stones -- China -- History -- Ming-Qing dynasties, 1368-1912.
Ink-stones -- Social aspects -- China
ART -- Folk & Outsider Art.
CRAFTS & HOBBIES -- Folkcrafts.
ART -- Asian.
Ink-stones -- Ming-Qing dynasties
Genre/Form History
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2021692794
ISBN 9780295999197