Four Treasures of The Study
The writing brush, ink-stick, paper & ink-slab have been traditionally
regarded in China as "the Four Treasures for the Study".
They have now had a history of more than 2,000 years. Paper was one
of the four great inventions of ancient China. Cai Lun, who lived
in the Eastern Han Dynasty (A.D. 25-200), improved the method of papermaking
and produced paper of much better quality than before.
Of all the "four treasures for the study", Hu brush (produced
originally in Huzhou, now the city of Wuxing, Zhejiang Province ),
Hui inkstick (produced in the city of Hui-zhou, Anhui Province) and
Duan inkslab (made from stone quarried in Duanxi area, Gaoyao County,
Guangdong Province) are well-known for their high quality as top-grade
writing materials which are indispensable for traditional Chinese
calligraphy and painting.
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