This Chinese Vintage Set of Calligraphy Tools includes an ink stone, beautifully decorated ink sticks, and a nice brush. The Japanese seller was not exactly sure of the age,in our opinion it is between 40-50 years old. The inscribed and painted fronts and backs are still in very good condition with pictures of Chinese figures and Chinese writing I know nothing about and do not have someone to help like we do with the Japanese writings. The brushes are also in very good condition as is the ink stone. We also have other calligraphy tools including antique and very collectible suiteki by known makers, which can be used with this. It has barely been used, although the ink stones have one little chips on each which just adds to their history and character.. When the ink sticks are used, they are rubbed in water in the ink stone, so the ends are used- this is the main worn part of the ink sticks. The brushes and ink stone are in excellent condition. We have more pictures of these the seller shared with us, if you would like to see them please message us through the store as we are out of room with all these pieces. It is a very nice high quality collection of calligraphy tools- especially the decorate ink stones and brushes- and why we decided to add it for someone looking for a set for a holiday or other gift, along with the other similar and more modern Japanese set. All the pieces of this set come in a nice red and gold box with a red lining.
SIZE: Inkstone 5.3" x 2.9" The brushes are standard size calligraphy brushes, one larger than the other
Japanese Calligraphy 書道 shodō
Calligraphy is still very much an art form today in bold old style and taking on modern forms, here we will share a little about Japanese history of calligraphy. Japanese calligraphy is a form of calligraphy, or artistic writing, of the Japanese language. For a long time, the most esteemed calligrapher in Japan had been Wang Xizhi, a Chinese calligrapher in the 4th century, but after the invention of Hiragana and Katakana, the Japanese unique syllabaries, the distinctive Japanese writing system developed and calligraphers produced styles intrinsic to Japan. Early Japanese calligraphy was originated from Chinese calligraphy and many of its principles and techniques are very similar and recognizes the same basic writing styles such as seal script and cursive script, which was my favorite doing calligraphy in early years and Japan. Calligraphy has changed over the eras of Japan with roots in China, see Wikipedia for an extensive history of Calligraphy.
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