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Chinese Writing / Calligraphy Set - Large

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Large Chinese calligraphy set including 5 quality brushes, brush rest, ink, pots and more, all in a presentation case.

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Large size calligraphy set.

Includes 5 quality brushes and brush rest, soapstone seal, ink & pots and an ink mixing stone all in an exquisite brocade presentation case.


This elegantly boxed Chinese writing set is known locally as "A collection of treasures for the study". The 4 treasures being the writing brush, the ink stick, the ink slab and the paper.

The end of the ink stick, usually plain but sometimes embossed with a design such as a gold dragon or a gold phoenix, is dipped in a spoonful or 2 of water which has been ladled from the porcelain bowl onto the ink slab using the long-handled gold spoon. The ink stick is rubbed against the floor of the ink slab until the ink attains the right viscosity for writing (this comes with practice). When you have finished your calligraphy you should rinse out your brushes in the bowl of water and re-shape the bristles of each brush by twisting it so that the brush retains its original shape. You can then rest up to 2 brushes at a time on the porcelain brush stand until they are thoroughly dry.

The soapstone seals or 'chops' can be carved with your name on the flat part. Chinese people often divide the square base into 4 equal parts and use 3 corners to carve the characters of their name and the 4th for the character 'yin', meaning seal. Seals are normally fixed to paintings or letters by dipping the carved end of the seal into the thick solid red 'ink' contained in the porcelain dish with the dragon lid.

These calligraphy sets would more often than not be kept by the owner as an ornamental centerpiece for a desk, a treasure to be admired by friends and visitors. A plain ink stick bought at a Chinese art shop could be purchased to be used for calligraphy, whilst reserving the gold-embossed one to show friends.

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