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Brush holder with gardenia, butterfly, and dragonfly

Xu Subai (Chinese, 1901–1975)
dated 1961
H. 4 5/16 in. (11 cm.); Diam. 2 3/8 in. (6.1 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Friends of Asian Art Gifts, 2008
Accession Number:
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).
[ K.Y. Fine Art , Hong Kong, until 2008; sold to MMA]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Chinese Gardens: Pavilions, Studios, Retreats," August 18, 2012–January 6, 2013.

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