Ink sticks are made from lampblack, kiln burned pine and tung oil pressed from tung nuts, hemp seed and sometimes soybean which is sifted through gauze. The sticks are shaped with elegant engravings and hand painted decorations. This set of four ink sticks produce a fine deep black ink. Adorned with the four classic scenes on the front as shown in this image and the back features four Chinese characters on each stick. It almost looks too good to grind down to make an ink! The image shows actual sizes which are approximately 1-1/8" wide x 1/4' thick x 3-3/4" long. The four sticks are package in a nice silk covered box with a glass topped cover to allow viweing the sticks when not in use.