India Ink, Or Chinese Ink. Is an admirable composition, in vain attempted to be imitated in Europe. It is not fluid like our writing ink; but solid like our mineral colours, though much lighter. They make it of all figures, but the most usual is the rectangular, about a quarter of an inch thick. Some of the sticks are gilt, with figures of dragons, birds, flowers, etc. In order to do this, they have little wooden moulds, so curiously wrought, that we could hardly equal them in metal. The Chinese make this ink with smoke-black of various kinds ; but the best is said to be made of a liquor procured from a species of the sepia or cuttle-fish, or the smoke of fat pork, burnt at a lamp. They mix a kind of oil with it to make it more smooth, and add other odorous ingredients, to take away the rank-ness of the smell. After they have mixed it into a paste of the proper consistence, they put it into a mould to figure it.