백자 투각 연꽃 무늬 필통 조선
白磁透刻蓮花文筆筒 朝鮮 Brush holder with lotus decoration
Joseon dynasty (1392–1910)
Porcelain with openwork design
H. 5 1/4 in. (13.3 cm); Diam. 5 1/4 in. (13.3 cm)
Hewitt Fund, 1911
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 233
Scholarly men of the Joseon dynasty collected and used tasteful accessories for writing or painting, often made of porcelain. An elegant example of nineteenth-century porcelain with carved openwork designs, this brush holder features full-bloom lotuses—an emblem of the Confucian scholar aptly used to ornament an object for his study.