Mountain Shaped Brush Rest
W20cm H8.2cm, Late 19th century, Joseon Dynasty (1392 - 1897)
During the late Joseon dynasty, a wide variety of vessels including water droppers, brush holders and brush rests, often in novel forms, were made by ceramicists for the use of scholars. Water droppers were used to moisten the ink stone when grinding ink for calligraphy or painting.
This scholar's brush rest is modelled in the form of the Diamond Mountains, known in Korea as Geumgang mountains. Located in modern day North Korea, the Geumgang is a famous mountain that has been attracting people since the ancient times because of its series of uniquely shaped peaks.
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