<em>Brush Jar with an Imperial Inscription</em>, 18th century. Carved jade and hardstone, a: 6 1/4 x 6 in. (15.8 x 15.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Bequest of Robert B. Woodward, 14.301a-e. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 14.301a-e_group_PS4.jpg)

Brush Jar with an Imperial Inscription

Medium: Carved jade and hardstone

Geograhical Locations:

Dates:18th century

Dimensions: a: 6 1/4 x 6 in. (15.8 x 15.3 cm) b: 8 1/2 x 2 9/16 x 1 1/4 in. (21.6 x 6.5 x 3.2 cm) c: 6 1/4 x 5 1/4 x 1 5/16 in. (15.9 x 13.4 x 3.3 cm) d: 11 13/16 x 1 11/16 in. (30 x 4.3 cm) e: 11 3/4 x 1 11/16 in. (29.8 x 4.3 cm)


Museum Location: Asian Galleries, West, 2nd floor (China)


Accession Number: 14.301a-e

Image: 14.301a-e_group_PS4.jpg,

Catalogue Description:
Cylindrical brush pot, containing two brushes, a ruyi scepter and a roller. A Greenish-White and Russet Jade Brush pot (Christies Title) 8/08 A Small Greenish-White Jade Hard stone Inlaid Ruyi Sceptre (Christies Title) 8/08 A Metal Mounted Hard stone and Jade Roller.(Christies Title) 8/08 A Pair of White and Green Jade Brushes. (Christies Title) 8/08 Accession card: The pot is of white jade, semi-translucent, polished, with a slightly greenish tinge and patches of brown. It is carved on the outside with a rock and wave design, also containing a bat, a crane, a peach, and pine trees, the later pierced a jour. On one side is a poem incised in the surface, the characters of which are gilded. It reads perhaps as follows: "The pines and fungus of longevity are plentiful and of beautiful color. The sound of the cranes recall the spring and fall. With happiness like that of the fairyland in the isles of the Eastern Sea we go toward the peaches of immortality." After this comes for characters: "The composition of the Emperor Ch'ien Lung." On the bottom is incised a four character Ch'ien Lung seal mark. The pot contains, set in a silk covered cardboard frame, a pair of large writing brushes (D and E) with handles of white jade carved with all-over flower designs in low relief, tipped with green jade at the ends and with the bristles set in cups of similar jade; a ju i scepter (B) of white jade decorated with a bat, peaches, and a bamboo spray, made of incrusted pieces of green jade, coral, rose, quartz, and other semi-precious stones, and a roller (C) with a green jade handle, into which is set a brass frame terminating in dragon heads, containing 6 rondles, carved with cloud patterns, and made of amethyst, agate, and other semi-precious stones. Condition: Good. Line crack from rim through cypress tree segment. Surface worn on brush handles.

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