detailed with scenes of scholars and attendants in a mountain retreat, with a central pavilion nestled amidst the overhanging rocks; a scene of three scholars seated listening to another play the qin in a bamboo grove; two other scholars are walking along a mountain path with two attendants following; reddish-brown color

Brush Pot, 1763 (dated by inscription)

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The Chinese made brushpots from a variety of materials including hardwoods, bamboo, and jade. Bamboo brushpots have a particularly long history and those with carved décor became popular with the literati during the sixteenth century. This finely detailed container shows scholars and attendants in a mountain retreat beneath overhanging rocks and another group of four scholars in a bamboo grove listening to lute music. Narrative scenes like this relate closely to printed designs in books from the late Ming and early Qing dynasties. The inscription, carved by Tongwen in kaishu, or regular script, on the large rock, reads: The lotus estate in cool summer / In the Kuei-wei year (1793) in the summer of the sixth month / In the spirit of Chang Chiao's brush. Chang Chiao, better known as Wang Meng (1308-85), was one of the most highly revered calligraphers and painters of the fourteenth century.

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Title
Brush Pot
Artist Life
active 18th century
Role
Artist
Accession Number
95.95.6
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detailed with scenes of scholars and attendants in a mountain retreat, with a central pavilion nestled amidst the overhanging rocks; a scene of three scholars seated listening to another play the qin in a bamboo grove; two other scholars are walking along a mountain path with two attendants following; reddish-brown color