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Paint Brush

Artist/Maker: Artist Unknown (Artist Unknown)

Date: 19th century or earlier
Medium: jadite and hair
Overall: 13 1/8 x 1 3/8 in. (33.3 x 3.5 cm)
Classification: Tools and Equipment
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Leon Amar
Object number: 2008.14.34
DescriptionThe dragon is often depicted chasing an object described as a pearl or jewel, the significance of which has been much debated. The emblem might symbolize the richness conferred by the fertilizing rains caused by the animal, or signify the treasure of the Lord of Waters, who must have many pearls among his possessions. Perals are also identified with the sun and the moon. In the post Song Dynasty periods, two dragons “fighting for the pearl” are a very common motif. Just as the dragon came to represent the emperor, the phoenix or feng-huang came to represent the empress. Paired dragons and the pearl, as well as the phoenix, are etched into the jade handle of this writing brush.
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