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  • Credit Line:

    Wells Bequest

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  • Gallery location:

    China, Room 44, The T.T. Tsui Gallery, case 49 []

Physical description

Brush-washer, melon form, chalcedony carved in relief externally with fruit and foliage. Accompanied with wooden stand

Descriptive line

Brush-washer in melon form, carved chalcedony, China, Qing dynasty, 1760-1800

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Wilson, Ming. Chinese Jades. London: V&A Publications, 2004. p. 101, no. 98.

Labels and date

Brush-washer in melon form
Qing dynasty

Melons and gourds are popular symbols of fertility as they contain many seeds, which stand for children.

Carved chalcedony with wooden stand

Wells Bequest
Museum no. 1642-1882 [2009]

Subjects depicted





East Asia Collection

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