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Brush washer
Date Made/Found: 1700s
Maker: Unknown
Material and Medium: Ivory
Dimensions: Overall: 27 x 94 x 177mm (1 1/16 x 3 11/16 x 6 15/16in.)
Department: Decorative Art
Accession Number: 2007.270
This elegant dish is carved into the form of half a gourd, a plant symbolising good fortune and longevity. Its depiction with vine and tendrils, forms a pun which means ‘ten thousand generations’, a traditional wish for the family line to continue down the centuries. The foliage is exquisitely carved, and stained with green ink to form a contrast with the cream ivory. Many vessels were made from real gourds in China, such as brush washers for scholars, which this item could have been used for.
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