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Brush holder
Maker: Unknown
Material and Medium: Ivory, wood
Dimensions: Overall: 355 x 155 x 120mm (14 x 6 1/8 x 4 3/4in.) Overall: 53 x 175 x 157mm (2 1/16 x 6 7/8 x 6 3/16in.)
Department: Decorative Art
Accession Number: 2007.262
This brush holder is decorated with bamboo entwined with the plant Morning glory. The Chinese word for bamboo: 'zhu', has the same sound as the word for wish, and is used here as a pun. Bamboo symbolises humility, endurance, righteousness, flexibility, dignity and gracefulness. These are all qualities a scholar strives to emulate and its use is therefore suitable for a scholar's brush pot. The Morning glory symbolises harmony between male and female, a meaning emphasised by its winding round the stems of the bamboo. The insects represent the beauty and bounty of the summer season.
Display Location: In Store
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