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Brush holder with story of Pan Yue or Wei Jie

Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
18th century
H. 5 5/8 in. (14.3 cm); Diam. of rim: 4 3/4 in. (12.1 cm); Diam. of base: 4 5/8 in. (11.7 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Florence and Herbert Irving, 2015
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 219
The young women on the balcony of this wonderfully carved brush holder are throwing fruit at an attractive young man passing beneath them. He may be one of two individuals: the extraordinarily handsome scholar Pan Yue (ca. 265–319), who often drew such attention, or Wei Jin, who lived around the same time, rode a cart like the figure on this vessel, and was famed for his public speaking.
[ Spink & Son Ltd. , London, until 1985; sold to Irving]; Florence and Herbert Irving , New York (1985–2015; donated to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Chinese Lacquer," July 18, 2005–November 14, 2005.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Excellence and Elegance: Decorative Arts of the Eighteenth-Century Qing Court," August 25, 2007–November 25, 2007.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Chinese Lacquer: An Introduction," December 4, 2007–May 11, 2008.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Extravagant Display: Chinese Art in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries," December 14, 2010–May 1, 2011.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Art of Dissent in 17th-Century China: Masterpieces of Ming Loyalist Art from the Chih Lo Lou Collection," September 6, 2011–January 2, 2012.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Chinese Gardens: Pavilions, Studios, Retreats," August 18, 2012–January 6, 2013.

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