Brush holder with immortal realms
Qing dynasty (1368–1644), possibly Kangxi period (1662–1722)
H. 6 5/8 in. (16.8 cm); Diam. 4 1/4 in. (10.8 cm); Diam. of rim: 5 3/4 in. (14.6 cm); Diam. of foot: 6 in. (15.2 cm)
Purchase, The Vincent Astor Foundation Gift, 2011
Features such as the gourd held by a standing attendant, the peach blossom clasped by another, and the individual riding on the back of a deer suggest that the figures on this brush holder represent tales of people who visited the mountains, inadvertently entered other realms, and transgressed time, respectively. The two gentlemen playing chess may refer to a story about two individuals who played the game for so long that the eggs they had in their pockets disintegrated.
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