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Brush Pot
about 1680

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Creator Name: artist unknown
Creator Nationality: Asian; Far East Asian; Chinese
Creator Name-CRT: Artist unknown
Title: Brush Pot
View: front
Creation Start Date: 1670
Creation End Date: 1690
Creation Date: about 1680
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Miscellaneous
Materials and Techniques: huang hua-li
Dimensions: H.7-1/2 x Dia.8-1/4 in.
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 96.69.3
Credit Line: Gift of Ruth and Bruce Dayton

The brush pot, or brush holder, was an essential fixture of the scholar's desk. The literati preference for natural materials like bamboo, clay, and stone extended to objects carved out of wood. The same dense hardwoods imported from Southeast Asia for domestic furniture were also used for boxes and brush pots. Huang-hua-li was highly prized for its durability, fine grain, and luminous undertones. The rim of this vessel creates the impression of overlapping petals, whereas its side panels, carved in high relief, are decorated with sprays of lotus, plum, grass orchids, and magnolia. Well-proportioned with a rich lustrous patina, the refined understatement of this brush pot typifies classic literati taste.

AMICA ID: MIA_.96.69.3
Component Measured: overall
Measurement Unit: in
AMICA Library Year: 1999
Media Metadata Rights: ? The Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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