Inkstone by D. W. Hood

Cloud Dragon and Pearl yan

back of stone

Marble inkstone for cinnabar ink



Cloud Dragon and Pearl



Stone Source and Type

White marble This is a beachcombed stone.  Probably originally Italian.


The stone left in its basic sea worn shape. A cloud dragon chasing a flaming pearl of wisdom.

Mineral Patterns.

Very faint grey veining, yellow ochre coloured patches and ‘rind’ particularly on the back.

Other info

None of the main types of stone traditionally used for inkstones seem to be exported in an unworked state, so I have had to experiment seeking alternatives. It is also very difficult to obtain accurate mineralogical information on traditional substances like Duan stone (referred to frequently on the internet as a 'fossiliferous limestone' but also sometimes as ‘volcanic tuff’ it is neither with the exception of 'white Duan' which I believe is a limestone). The ideal surface texture for grinding ordinary black ink is said to be that of a babies stomach. While many inkstones have been made from overly crystalline or super polished stones like jade, rock crystal or any other quartz; these have more to do with the status of the stone than practical ink making. Cinnabar ink is another matter as on a dark gray or green stone it is impossible to judge the colour. Pale ceramics are often used but can be a little coarse, I find marble is ideal.

Dimensions in centimetres

Length, 18  Width, 10  Depth, 2.5