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Brush holder with story of Pan Yue or Wei Jie

Period:
Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
Date:
18th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Ivory
Dimensions:
H. 5 5/8 in. (14.3 cm); Diam. of rim: 4 3/4 in. (12.1 cm); Diam. of base: 4 5/8 in. (11.7 cm)
Classification:
Ivories
Credit Line:
Gift of Florence and Herbert Irving, 2015
Accession Number:
2015.500.6.10
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 219
The young women on the balcony of this wonderfully carved brush holder are throwing fruit at an attractive young man passing beneath them. He may be one of two individuals: the extraordinarily handsome scholar Pan Yue (ca. 265–319), who often drew such attention, or Wei Jin, who lived around the same time, rode a cart like the figure on this vessel, and was famed for his public speaking.
Florence and Herbert Irving , New York (until 2015; donated to MMA)
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