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Chinese Ink Sticks: Valuable Treasures That Surpass Gold

Have you ever heard of Chinese ink coming in solid form? Ink sticks, as they are called, can be worth more than their weight in gold. These sticks are one of the “Four Treasures of Study,” which are four essential items used by ancient Chinese scholars: brush, paper, ink stone, and ink stick. Archaeological findings suggest that Chinese ink dates back more than two millennia.

The Hui ink, which is from the historical Huizhou region in southeast China (now Anhui and Jiangxi provinces), is considered the world’s finest ink. Ink sticks are typically made by combining soot with organic glue and other ingredients, such as preservatives or scents, to create a malleable mixture. The mixture is then molded, compressed, and air-dried for several months, after which the sticks can be decorated.

During the Qing Dynasty, ink stick making became an art form, and they were crafted into different shapes and painted with pictures and poems, some of which have become highly sought-after items. Quality ink sticks should be lightweight but dense, easy to grind, quiet while being ground, fresh-smelling, hard, and shiny like jade. They can last for thousands of years, and imagine the worth of collectible genuine antique ink sticks two millennia in the future.


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