The third and last of a small collection of beautifully carved and very tactile Chinese small inkstones for holding a small quantity of liquid ink, this piece was purchased in 1920 in China by a railroad employee. Old labels aside, we judge this to be most likely late Qing / Early Republic in date and it is not jade, but some other hardstone. Measuring 9.0 x 5.7 x 0.8 cms (at the thickest), it depicts in relief a dragon amongst clouds chasing the flaming pearl (the circular ink depression). Wonderfully carved and very decorative, this is a beautiful example of turn of the 19th/20th century workmanship.
Condition: wear commensurate with age; two tiny edge nicks (please see photos).
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Antique Chinese Hardstone Carving Inkstone Dragon Pearl Scholar Item