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Square Box
18th Century

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Creator Name: Unknown
Creator Nationality: Asian; Far East Asian; Chinese
Creator Name-CRT: Artist unknown
Title: Square Box
View: front
Creation Start Date: 1700
Creation End Date: 1799
Creation Date: 18th Century
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Materials and Techniques: huang hua-li
Dimensions: H.3-3/4 x W.5-5/8 x D.5-5/8 in.
Inscriptions: STICKER
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 95.93.2a-c
Credit Line: Gift of Ruth and Bruce Dayton

The brush pot, or brush holder, was an essential fixture of the scholar's desk. The literati preference for natural materials like bamboo, clay, and stone extended to objects carved out of wood. The same dense hardwoods imported from Southeast Asia for domestic furniture were also used for boxes and brush pots. Huang hua-li was highly prized for its durability, fine grain, and luminous undertones. The rim of this vessel creates the impression of overlapping petals, whereas its side panels, carved in high relief, are decorated with sprays of lotus, plum, grass orchids, and magnolia. Well proportioned with a rich lustrous patina, the refined understatement of this brush pot and simple seal box typifies classic literati taste.

AMICA ID: MIA_.95.93.2a-c
Component Measured: overall
Measurement Unit: in
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: ?The Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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