Brush holder with lotus decoration

Period: Joseon dynasty (1392–1910)

Date: mid-19th century

Culture: Korea

Medium: Porcelain with openwork design

Dimensions: H. 5 1/4 in. (13.3 cm); Diam. 5 1/4 in. (13.3 cm)

Classification: Ceramics

Credit Line: Hewitt Fund, 1911

Accession Number: 11.142.1


Scholarly men of the Joseon dynasty collected and used tasteful accessories, such as this piece and the water droppers, for writing or painting. The lotus is an emblem of the Confucian scholar aptly used here to ornament an object for his study.