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  • Writer's pictureAndrew Singer

Part 3: "Four Treasures" of a Calligrapher

"Any Chinese calligrapher must have in his possession a set of the instruments that are indispensable for the exercise of his art.  The essential equipment is composed of four elements." (Between Heaven and Earth: A History of Chinese Writing). 

These "Four Treasures" of the calligrapher or scholar are: 1) Brush, 2) Ink, 3) Ink Stone, and 4) Paper.  There are many different types of brushes, but they each need a place to be stored.  This is a boxwood Chinese brush pot.  It is carved with scenes of scholars gathering amidst nature, under the trees at the base of a mountain, listening to the rushing of the stream, playing music, composing poems, debating the classics.


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