antique inkwell
antique inkwell

Antique Inkwell, Cicada

Antique instrument

Chinese brass antique inkwell in the figural form of a cicada. The scholarly object is designed magnificently, one compartment in each wing, both ‘flapping’ aside. The wing is covered except for the part tucked under its head, where ink can be poured and the tidy inkwell carried place to place. A studious Chinese phrasing is hand carved on the underside, loosely translated as,

Diligence is the path to the mountain of knowledge;
The boat in the endless sea of learning being hard work.

The inkwell is likely to be an original design from a higher learning institution. 1900s, though likely to be much older.

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