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Master of inkstone carvings in Anhui

2012-08-10 09:21:18 GMT2012-08-10 17:21:18(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Wen Xin processes an inkstone carving in a studio in Shexian County of east China's Anhui Province, Aug. 7, 2012.(Xinhua/Xu Zijian)

Wen Xin examines an inkstone carving in the showroom in Shexian County of east China's Anhui Province, Aug. 7, 2012. (Xinhua/Xu Zijian)

This combined photo taken on Aug. 7, 2012 shows Wen Xin making an inkestone carving (L) and his four inkstone carvings in Shexian County of east China's Anhui Province.(Xinhua/Xu Zijian)

Wen Xin shows one of his inkstone carvings in Shexian County of east China's Anhui Province, Aug. 7, 2012. (Xinhua/Xu Zijian)

Wen Xin cleans the inkstone carvings in the showroom in Shexian County of east China's Anhui Province, Aug. 7, 2012. (Xinhua/Xu Zijian)

Wen Xin shows one of his inkstone carvings in Shexian County of east China's Anhui Province, Aug. 7, 2012. (Xinhua/Xu Zijian)

Wen Xin, a 32-year-old man, is a master of inkstone carving in Shexian of Anhui Province. He started to learn the craftsmanship during his teenage years under the influence of his family. After years of study as research, Wen Xin developed a series of skills and patterns in carving the inkstone. The themes of his inkstones, various from landscapes, portrait, flowers to creatures. "I always get inspires from the common things in the daily life," he said. Inkstone, a kind of traditional Chinese stationery, used to be considered as one of the four treasures in the studies. It is used to grind ink sticks with water into liquid link for writing and painting. After hundred years of development, an inkstone currently is more of an art work than a plain utensil on a desk.

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