Sign on
Brush rest
Maker: Unknown
Material and Medium: Ivory
Dimensions: Overall: 72 x 252mm (2 13/16 x 9 15/16in.)
Department: Decorative Art
Accession Number: 2007.271
Formed in the shape of a long leaf, this object was used to rest a writing brush on. Inside is a four-toed dragon; traditionally a five-toed dragon was reserved for the Emperor only. At one end the handle is formed by a branch of the peony plant, traditionally associated with men and good fortune. Crawling on the peony branch is a hornless dragon called ,in Chinese, 'kui'. This creature is often depicted in the decoration of scholarly objects.
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