light brown wood brush with deep carvings on handle; round base with hanging cord and loop tied and glued to end; top of brush handle (near bristles) is a cylinder with rounded edges; grey hair bristles; carvings feature a variety of trees, plants, multiple figures and two dwellings

Calligraphy brush, late 19th century

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In Chinese literati culture, the brush, a writing implement, is known as one of the “four treasures of the study” along with the inkstick, inkstone, and paper. Brush handles are commonly constructed from bamboo, but some brushes have handles of sandalwood, jade, carved bone or ivory, and other precious materials as demonstrated by these examples. During late imperial times, artists catered to the tastes of gentlemen collectors and elaborated brushes with motifs derived from folklore, legends, superstitious beliefs as well as religious subjects from Confucianism, Buddhism, and Daoism.

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Title
Calligraphy brush
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2015.14.4
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light brown wood brush with deep carvings on handle; round base with hanging cord and loop tied and glued to end; top of brush handle (near bristles) is a cylinder with rounded edges; grey hair bristles; carvings feature a variety of trees, plants, multiple figures and two dwellings