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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)
Credit Line:
Purchase, The Vincent Astor Foundation Gift, 2011
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 219
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.
Private collection , Nagasaki, Japan (until 2010, to Christie's); [Sale, Christie's, Hong Kong , December 1, 2010, lot 3193, to MMA]
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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