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2 Chinese Tang Changsha Tortoise Scholar Scroll Weight

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Two Chinese Tang Dynasty (circa 9th century) Changsha stoneware tortoise form scholar’s scroll weights decorated with a pattern of impressed Wang (King) ideographs within each scale on the shell. The larger tortoise has a loop handle and is covered in a pale greenish beige glaze. The smaller tortoise is covered in a gray-green glaze with reddish-brown accents (see enlargement 5). While both of the paperweights can be used for hand-scrolls, the one with loop can also be used for hanging scrolls. Small toy and scholar’s objects in animal forms are typical of Changsha ceramics. Tortoise forms are comparatively rare. Measure about 3 ½” and 2 ½” in length, 2 ½” and 2” in width, and 1 ½” and 1” in height. Very good overall condition. From the private collection of a former American expatriate to Guangzhou in 1983-1984.