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Vintage Chinese Calligraphy Brush Set
Vintage Chinese Calligraphy Brush Set
Vintage Chinese Calligraphy Brush Set

Vintage Chinese Calligraphy Brush Set

Regular price $75.00 Sale

Vintage Chinese Calligraphy Brush Set try your hand at Chinese Calligraphy or just enjoy the vintage charm of this working calligraphy set! Our imagination runs wild thinking about what works this was used to create! Contains brushes, brush holder, ink and ink stone, seal and seal ink. Vintage unused, considered new "old stock". 

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FACTS & HISTORY:

Known as the four jewels of the study are Brush, Ink, Paper, Inkstone. The individual treasures have a "treasured" form, each being produced in certain areas of China as a specialty for those scholars who would use them. Classical scholars had more than just the Four treasures in their studies. The other "Treasures" include the brush-holder (笔架), brush-hanger (笔挂), paperweights (镇纸), the brush-rinsing pot (笔洗), and the seal (圖章) and seal-ink (印泥).

The brush is the oldest Four Treasures member, with archaeological evidence dating to Zhou dynasty (1045 BC–256 BC). In the Han dynasty (202 BC–220 AD) the writing brush entered a new stage of development. Which created the decorative craft of engraving and inlaying. Brushes were made from animal hair, or —in certain situations—the first hair taken from a baby's head (said to bring good luck in the Imperial examinations). 

In calligraphy, the brush has the most important role. The tuft is made of hair from different animals as hair for brushes.  Which animal hair is used, the season and from which animal part is taken, creates varying degrees of firmness and softness. Brushes are classed as soft (軟毫), mixed (兼毫) or hard (硬毫). Hair is laboriously sorted by softness, hardness, thickness, & length, then bundled for specific uses. Each type of hair has a specific ink capacity, giving distinct brush strokes. Different brushes are used for different styles of calligraphy and writing. The most famous and highly prized brushes are a mix of yellow weasel, goat and rabbit hair, known as Húbǐ (湖筆); highly prized since the Ming dynasty late 14th century. Brush handles were commonly constructed from bamboo, but special brushes may have handles of sandalwood, jade, carved bone/ivory, or other precious materials.

Before China witnessed the usage of hard pens and pencils, the brush was the only writing tool. Brush writing was a skill every educated man had to master. 

The Four Treasures  or The four jewels of the study: Brush, Ink, Paper, Inkstone.". The individual treasures have a "treasured" form, each being produced in certain areas of China as a specialty for those scholars who would use them. Classical scholars had more than just the Four treasures in their studies. The other "Treasures" include the brush-holder (笔架), brush-hanger (笔挂), paperweights (镇纸), the brush-rinsing pot (笔洗), and the seal (圖章) and seal-ink (印泥).