A Fine Chinese Ivory Brush Pot with a Calligraphic Inscription to one side

A Fine Chinese Ivory Brush Pot with a Calligraphic Inscription to one side . A scholars object
Late Ming Dynasty 16 th – 17 th Century
Size : 8 cm high , 5 cm dia. – 3¼ ins high , 2 ins dia.
The brush pot , known in Chinese as 'Bitong' , gradually supplanted other methods of storing scholars writing brushes from the mid 16 th century and is found in all the different materials of ceramic , lacquer , jade , bamboo and ivory used by the Ming and Qing dynasty craftsmen . However , bamboo and ivory with their natural circular sections are the most obvious materials for making a brush pot .
Lines of poetry frequently form part of the decorative scheme on Chinese scholars objects and are often the main motif . The subject of the poem , meant to inspire the scholar to greater works , is usually related to the object itself , and in this way the poem becomes an integral part of the object and not just mere decoration .

A Fine Chinese Ivory Brush Pot with a Calligraphic Inscription to one side

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