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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.627

  • Description

    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.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1573-1620
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 305 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        reign mark
      • Inscription Position

        On the handle
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        大明萬里年製
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Da Ming Wanli nian zhi
      • Inscription Translation

        Made in the Ming dynasyt, Wanli reign
      • Inscription Comment

        Six-character Wanli mark in underglaze blue in a reserved white band on the handle.
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming Wanli 1573-1620Room 95 label text:

    PDF 627

    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

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Monochrome pl. 172 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1976 p.19, no.627, pl.I bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004 p.27, no.627, ill.p.4 bibliographic details
    • Scott & Kerr 1994 p.31, no.57 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989B p.82, no.73 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004A pp 100-101, no. 42 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case57-3

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.627

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.

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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