Chinese scholar’s objects were, in a sense, the luxury goods of their time, but rather than wealth what they really represented was the physical embodiment of the scholar’s intellectual curiosity and aesthetic taste.
The tools of the scholar, the “four treasures” distinguishing him from the common tradesman, were those of writing-brush, inkstone, ink, and paper.
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