irregular oval section, slightly tapered to foot; highly 3-dimensional relief carving on 2/3 of outer surface; 7 Sages of the Bamboo Grove in a bamboo forest

Brush Pot, 1662-1722

Unknown artist, expand_more

Bambooexpand_more

Gift of Ruth and Bruce Daytonexpand_more  2000.36.4

Not on Viewexpand_more

Cut from a large oval section of bamboo, this thick-walled brushpot is deeply carved with a scene depicting the "Seven Sages of the Bamboo Grove." The legendary seven sages were historical figures of immense literary refinement who were frequently depicted in scholars' items. The central group is shown standing amongst bamboo admiring a scroll. To their left another figure overlooks two seated sages playing wei-ch'i, a form of chess. A short poetic inscription is engraved in the top right-hand corner describing the sages within their pine and bamboo setting.

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Brush Pot
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Artist
Accession Number
2000.36.4
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irregular oval section, slightly tapered to foot; highly 3-dimensional relief carving on 2/3 of outer surface; 7 Sages of the Bamboo Grove in a bamboo forest