Wen-fang-si-bao: The four treasures of the study
The word "wenfang" can date back to South and North Dynasty (386-589 AD) period and refers to the study room. The stationeries in the study room initially comprised writing brush, ink-stick, paper and ink-slab, and the word "wen-fang-si-bao" became a general term for the tools used in the study. The brush made in Huzhou (so called Hubi), the ink-stick made in Huizhou (so called Huimo), the ink-slab made in Duanzhou (so called Duanyan) and the paper made in Xuanzhou (so called Xuanzhi) are top-grade collection among the four treasures of the study.
Apart from the four treasures of the study, there are other complementary tools such as brush pot, brush hanger (rack), brush washer, ink-slab base, ink box, paper weight, water pot, bailer, water feeder, ink-slab case, ink-slab screen, arm pad, seal case and seal. Small and light as they are, they embody the Chinese culture and the dedication of the craftsmen over thousand years of history. They become the tools of the Chinese intellects, their pursuit for knowledge and their company as well as the symbol for upbringing and culture.
Wenfangsibao, the four treasures of the study, are unique and traditional tools as well as the spiritual carrier of Chinese culture. In the splendid culture of Chinese history, these treasures helped people record the Chinese civilization, depict the colorful life and leave behind unprecedented poets and paintings handed on from age to age.
The four treasures of the study hereby presented are collected from Anhui, Guangdong, Zhejiang, Hebei, Shanxi and Beijing and have a time span of about 5 hundred years, dating back to Qing Dynasty, Ming Dynasty and modern times.
Location: 2nd floor, Bai Branch Museum, South Park