Brush Washer

Brush Washer Qing dynasty

Brush Washer

Qing dynasty (1644-1912), Yongzheng period (1723-1735)
porcelain with wucai enamel
3 x 7 x 4.5 inches

The scholar’s desk held the essential objects associated with his task—brushes, brush rest, brush holders, ink box, seals, seal paste boxes, water pot, and brush washer. Seen here is a lovely lotus bloom–shape brush washer featuring a surface design of undulating leaves and stems. The blue lotus shape is a perfect form for a scholar’s brush washer as it symbolizes cleanliness.  

Eberhard, p. 169


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