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Brush holder
Maker: Unknown
Material and Medium: Ivory
Dimensions: Overall: 120 x 86mm (4 3/4 x 3 3/8in.)
Department: Decorative Art
Accession Number: 2007.331
This brush holder is inscribed with poetic verses on the theme of a soldier about to leave for duty on the north-western frontier of China. 'The fair palace of the Lord of Han stands on the Dew Terrace. The River Ch'in streams red in the evening sun. About us the green hills are turned all to scarlet banners. The jade-green pool tremblingly reflects the moon's full disc. Conscripts are welcomed and pass on. In the small garden beside the city wall are some horsemen returned from the hunt. At the roadside a spring of sweet water murmurs its verses. What grief it is to part from Yun Ts-ai, my only child.'
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