A gorgeous set of bone and horn Chinese Calligraphy brushes. Three of the brushes are bone and are etched with sweet little scenes and figures (see images for detail). The fourth brush is the thickest and the base is made of horn. We think the brushes are fashioned from horsehair, but can't be sure.
These decorative brushes will look stunning presented on a wooden platter, on a pile of books, or featured on a bookshelf.
Please NOTE: The brush with the etched tiger has been dropped at some point and glued. It's not that noticeable, but important to note.
The earliest intact ink brush was found in 1954 in the tomb of a Chu citizen from the Warring States Period (475-221 BCE) located in an archaeological dig site Zuo Gong Shan 15 near Changsha (長沙). The primitive version of an ink brush found had a wooden stalk and a bamboo tube securing the bundle of hair to the stalk. Legend wrongly credits the invention of the ink brush to the later Qin general Meng Tian.
The writing brush entered a new stage of development in the Han Dynasty. First, it created the decoration craft of engraving and inlaying on the pen-holder. Second, some writings on the production of writing brush appeared. For example, the first monograph on the selection, production and function of writing brush was written by Cai Yong in the eastern Han dynasty . Third, the special form of "hairpin white pen" appeared. Officials in the Han dynasty often sharpened the end of the brush and stuck it in their hair or hat for their convenience. Worshipers also often put pen on their heads to show respect.
To The Yuan and Ming dynasty, Huzhou emerged a group of pen making experts, such as Wu Yunhui, Feng Yingke, Lu Wenbao, Zhang Tianxi, etc. Huzhou has been the center of Chinese brush making since the Qing Dynasty. At the same time, there was many famous brushes in other places, such as Ruyang Liu brush in Henan province, Li Dinghe brush in Shanghai, Wu Yunhui in Jiangxi province.
Length of handles of etched bone: 23.5cm. Length including brush: 32cm. Width: Aprox 3cms
Length of horn: 21cm. Length including brush: 30cm. Width at widest point: 5cm
You will love the detail on these gorgeous brushes!
Kimberley & Georgina xx