An image of Brush pot

Unknown Artist

Brush pot

Other titles:
Brush pot decorated with Li Bai
Location
Not on display
Further information

The yellow/brown glaze simulates carved bamboo. Such technical conceits, where one material was made to imitate another, were popular from the 1700s. The high-relief carved decoration depicts a gentleman with a long beard in official robe and cap, reclining against a flat-topped rock, upon which are a cup, a book and a vase. A young servant is seen squatting in front of him, ladling wine from a jar. Another servant stands to the back, holding a wine flask. The scene represents the enduring pleasure enjoyed by an official scholar communing with nature and indulging in literary creation.

The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.161.

Place of origin
China
Period
China: Qing dynasty 1644–1911, Daoguang 1821–1850
Year
late 18th century-mid 19th century
Media
Ceramic
Medium
porcelain with yellow/brown relief decoration
Dimensions
12.1 x 6.9 cm
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
Gift of Laurence G. Harrison 1977
Accession number
344.1977