Brush holder with gardenia, butterfly, and dragonfly
Xu Subai (Chinese, 1901–1975)
H. 4 5/16 in. (11 cm.); Diam. 2 3/8 in. (6.1 cm)
Purchase, Friends of Asian Art Gifts, 2008
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 219
Xu Subai is one of the artists responsible for the renaissance of bamboo carving in China in the twentieth century. The inscription on this brush holder states that the imagery was inspired by a painting by Jiang Handing (1903–1963).