Mountain-form brush rest with mythical beasts


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The brush rest exemplifies the sophisticated craftsmanship and artistic creativity of pewter ware in seventeenth century China. Taking the form of an auspicious five-peak mountain, the brush rest principal faces are ornamented with mythical beasts in garden settings. A chimera (qilin) stands beside an ingot and a flaming pearl while a fantastic lion clutches in its mouth and claws a ribbon that is fastened to a coin. This imaginative design was highlighted with meticulously applied paper-thin sheets of brass within the outlines of the expertly engraved design.

Mountain-form brush rest with mythical beasts, Pewter, brass, China

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