This round-shaped inkstone is made from charcoal black color nature stone. 4 3/4" diameter, 3/4" height with lid.
This design with raised central palette is suitable for both bottled liquid ink or grinding ink.
1) You may put liquid ink to the side ditch and grind it further on the center palette to make a thick paste;
2) Grinding ink in the center and use the side ditch to store read-ground ink if you need large quantity;
3) Put water in the ditch and grind ink stick on the center palette if you need only small amount of ink.
4) Use it as a ink palette for liquid ink from the bottle without using a ink stick. You may use the raised palette to adjust your brush tip when loading.
Ink and inkstone are two of the four precious things in a traditional Chinese scholar's studio(The other two are brush and paper).
Inkstones are an acquired taste like several other facets of Chinese culture. They are generally black or dark in color and do not draw the attention of the eye. Their beauty oftentimes is not so much in how they look but in how they work together with inkstick. It is literally a stone mortar for the grinding and containment of ink. This inkstone comes with a lid to keep ink from drying too fast.