Yishui inkstone , produced in today’s Yixian County, is one of the most famous inkstones in China. People believe that inkstone production here originates from the Warring State Period and flourished in the Tang Dynasty and this is the very ancestor of Chinese inkstone.
The inkstone comes from a mild-coloured purple and gray stone along the Yishui River. The smooth stones are naturally interspersed with green and yellow stripes, and they are neither too hard nor too soft, so they become the best choice to make inkstones. The engraved inkstone is durable, exquisite yet unsophisticated, can hold moist and when used, it can easily disperse the ink which will then be suitable for writing and drawing.
Yishui Inkstone decides its shape according to the original material and its naming depends on the shape. The ingenious craftsmen will use individualized carving skills to deal with the raw stone. For thousands of years, the inkstone, widely known for its long history, natural stones of premium quality and unique artistic style, has played an important role in China’s inkstone history.