Takashima Kohanseki-Suzuri (Inkstone)

Using Kohanseki, (a kind of stone), dug from Mt. Amida, inkstone making began at the beginning of the Edo period. The demand and production dropped radically at the end of the Taisho period due to the advent of imitation stone, the running out of the source of this stone, as well as the popularization of fountain pens. Yet the tradition is still retained here today. This form of carving makes the most use of the natural stone's shape, and patterns Coming up to the surface are characteristic of this style of inkstone.
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