Brush holder with gathering at the Orchid Pavilion


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 222

The intricate carving on the curving walls of this brush holder depicts a lively scene of the legendary Orchid Pavilion Gathering, in which master calligrapher Wang Xizhi (303–361) and his friends sit amid trees and rocks, composing poems and drinking wine from cups floated down a stream. This extraordinary work is among the first pieces in the collection that kindled Bishop’s passion for jade, leading to the creation of his renowned collection.

Brush holder with gathering at the Orchid Pavilion, Jade (nephrite), China

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