This inkstone is called ‘Tensei Rikken’, a work 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.
‘Rikken’ is a work of art that has the shape of an inkstone, but one of the purposes is to stand it up and appreciate it rather than the original placement.
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 pool.
Tensei inkstones can store a lot of ink, are relatively easy to maintain after use, and have an elegant appearance.
This ‘Tensei Rikken’ is a real gem with a height of about 7cm, and a weight of about 3kg, giving it a dignified feeling and real presence. 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.
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-TSRK-01
- Size / about 211 mm × 178 mm × 75 mm
- Weight / about 3,050 g
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