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Brush holder
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

Besides being a trivial item for storing brushes, this vessel is above all an object for decorating an aristocratic writing desk. The object shows the high expertise and ability of the artist in working with the diverse precious materials. The figure of the Rakan Handaka Sonja (one of the sixteen disciples of the Buddha who reached Nirvana) on the pictured side of the vessel reflects calmness and contentment in contrast to the dynamics of the dragon which raises from his alms bowl.

History of the Object
The brush holder was in the possession of Clemens Alexander Winkler (1838 –1904). He was a German chemist who discovered the element germanium in 1886. In 1871 he was appointed to the chair of chemical technology and analytical chemistry at the Freiberg University of Mining and Technology, where many students from non-European countries were matriculated. In all probability Winkler received the brush holder from one of his students. After his death the object was handed over to the Museum of Natural History Freiberg. Only since 1984 did it become part of the Japanese collections of the Ethnological Museum in Dresden.

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Type
Decorative Art 
Materials
Ivory, Gold Laquer, Semiprecious Stones, Silver, Mother of Pearl 
Measurements
Height 50,5 cm.  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Japan 
Geography
Japan 
Time period
AD 19th century ~ AD 19th century 
Creation date
19th Century 
Function
Brush holder for holding painting and calligraphy brushes. 
Acquisition
Acceptance from the Museum of Natural History Freiberg in 1984 
Copyright
Museum für Völkerkunde Dresden Foto: Eva Winkler 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Museum für Völkerkunde Dresden 
Museum
Museum of Ethnography, Dresden 
Credit line
Museum für Völkerkunde Dresden, Staatliche Ethnographische Sammlungen Sachsen, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden 

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