Brush holder with story of Pan Yue or Wei Jie
Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
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)
Gift of Florence and Herbert Irving, 2015
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.
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