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Brush with porcelain handle, which has a small knob and a long handle widening into a round end where the brush is inserted. There are chrysanthemum, peony and lotus scrolls, reserved in white against an underglaze cobalt blue ground on the handle, and a scroll band with two white ogival panels containing blue five-clawed dragons near the brush end. There is a mark on the handle.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Diameter: 305 millimetres
Inscription Typereign mark
Inscription PositionOn the handle
Inscription TransliterationDa Ming Wanli nian zhi
Inscription TranslationMade in the Ming dynasyt, Wanli reign
Inscription CommentSix-character Wanli mark in underglaze blue in a reserved white band on the handle.
Published PDF date : Ming Wanli 1573-1620Room 95 label text:
Blue-and-white writing brush
Educated Chinese men regarded calligraphy and painting as the highest of all the art forms. They call brush, ink, ink-stone and paper 文房四寳 (wenfang sibao ‘the four treasures of a scholar’s studio’). The brush, made for the Wanli emperor, was probably used for writing large characters. Brushes were made from a variety of animal hair, with handles of wood, bamboo, lacquer and other materials, but seldom of porcelain.
Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue and (tip) animal hair
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
Ming dynasty, Wanli mark and period, AD1573–1620
On display: G95/dc57/s3
Brush with porcelain handle. Small knob and a long handle widening into a round end where the brush is inserted. Decorated in underglaze cobalt blue. Chrysanthemum, peony and lotus scrolls, reserved in white against a clear blue ground, and a scroll band with two white ogival panels containing blue five-clawed dragons. Mark on handle.
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Object reference number: RRC38964
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