Material and Medium: Ivory
Dimensions: Overall: 154 x 100mm (6 1/16 x 3 15/16in.)
Department: Decorative Art
Accession Number: 2007.334
This brush holder is decorated with a scene of the Chinese calligrapher Wang Xizhi (303-361), traditionally referred to as the 'Sage of Calligraphy'.
Wang excelled in every script but particularly in the semi-cursive script. Unfortunately, none of his original works remains today. Wang Xizhi is particularly remembered for one of his hobbies; rearing geese. Legend has it that he learnt the key of how to turn his wrist while writing, by observing how the geese move their necks.
Wang Xizhi had seven children, all of whom were notable calligraphers. The most distinguished one was his youngest son, Wang Xianzhi. The boy shown on the brushpot may be this son.