The Monkey of the Inkpot

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Inspired by medieval illuminated manuscripts and a story from Jorge Luis Borges' modern bestiary, The Book of Imaginary Beings.

The Monkey of the Inkpot (Wang Tai Hai, 1791) tells of a jet black monkey that drinks unused india ink. The story is edged with a motif of swirling vines and oranges. The other-side of the pot has been split into a grid of nine, three monkeys sit on the top row, the middle row is of scholars, and in the bottom row you will find a monk, a knight, and a harpist. The images are all inspired by different scenes from medieval illustrations, brought together to tell a strange new story here on this vase.

This vase was hand-built from stoneware and illustrated using oxides
It is 32cm tall

Each Story Vase is a unique form and a unique design which I will not replicate unless a variation is specially requested. They are hand-built from stoneware clay and finished in a matte white glaze. They will be delivered by a tracked courier service. For international shipping please get in touch for an estimate