Brush Holder

Gu Jue Chinese

Qing dynasty (1644–1911), Kangxi period (1662–1722)

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This brush holder illustrates scenes from the famous poem “Ode to the Pavilion of the Inebriated Old Man” by Ouyang Xiu (1007–1072). Demoted in 1045 to the remote Anhui Province, Ouyang took solace in wine and the natural world. Carving with supreme skill from a massive piece of bamboo, the artist exploited the potential of the different layers of the plant’s flesh to create varied textural and pictorial effects.

#7381. Brush Holder, Part 1



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Brush Holder, Gu Jue (active late 17th century), Bamboo with hardwood rim and base, China

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