This inkstone is called ‘Tenseiken’ by inkstone sculptor, 5th Generation Nagura Hozan, who has raised the value of inkstones from the strong image of ‘tools’ for rubbing inksticks, to ‘crafts and works of art’ that are recognized by the government.
Inkstones made from 3 types of stone, Kinpo stone, Engan stone and Homei stone, which can be found in Mt. Horaiji, Aichi Prefecture, are called ‘Horaiji Inkstones’ and are considered to be the most prominent of the inkstones due to their beauty and practicality. This inkstone is made from one of them, ‘Homei stone’.
Features of Tensei Inkstone
The natural inkstone carved out by making the best use of the shape of the rough stone is called ‘Tensei Inkstone’, and the characteristics of the carving are the gentle movement of the curve from the plain (where the inkstick is rubbed) to the pool (where the rubbed ink is stored) and the roundness of the bottom of the pol.
Tensei inkstones can store a lot of ink, are relatively easy to maintain after use, and have an elegant appearance.
This ‘Tenseiken’ is a ‘brush holder carved’ inkstone with a groove for placing the brush on the inkstone. Along with the coldness and the texture of the stone, the redness of the iron on the surface, which is a characteristic of Homei stone, creates a profound attractiveness. As a piece of work, it is a real gem that combines both beauty and practicality.
Since it is made from natural stone, in this world there are no 2 inkstones the same.
This real gem is recommended for those who are particular about calligraphy tools, and those who feel that this inkstone is ‘more valuable than a tool’.
In a paulownia box.
Engraved with ‘5th Generation Hozan’.
- Item NO. / JAC-NH-1912-TSK-01
- Size / about 145 mm × 130 mm × 23 mm
- Weight / about 730 g
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