Bitong, Brush Pot


Thumbnail of Bitong, Brush Pot ()

Detailed Images

Basic Information

Artifact Identification Bitong, Brush Pot   (2005.11.0017)
  1. Communication T&E
  2. :
  3. Written Communication T&E
  4. :
  5. Writing Accessories
Artist/Maker None
Geographic Location
Period/Date Qing (Ch’ing) dynasty, 18th century
Culture Chinese

Physical Analysis

Dimension 1 (Height) 20.5 cm
Dimension 2 (Width) 15.3 cm
Dimension 3 (Depth) 12 cm
Weight 1196 g
Measuring Remarks None
Materials Plant--Wood, Plant--Zitan
Manufacturing Processes Carved
Munsell Color Information N/A

Research Remarks

Published Description N/A

"An unsuual Chinese zitan brush holder (bitong) with overall high relief carving of grapes, vines, squirrels and open work, with a smaller container beside it. Qing (Ch’ing) dynasty, 18th c., 8”H x 6.5”W, for the scholar’s desk. The brush pot is a very important Chinese scholar’s desk item, used to house the scholar’s most important brushes. Zitan bitong seldom have high relief motifs and openwork." - Bernie McManus, Appraiser, Woodbury House, Connecticut, 8/31/2005


Christie’s, New York, sale 8468, 9/19/1996, lot 88, a carved zitan bitong, carved with pine trees and rocks in low relief, 5 1/4” x 4 1/4”, 17th century.


Cameron, Nigel. The Chinese Scholar's Desk. Hong Kong: FormAsia Books, 2003.

Artifact History

Archaeological Data N/A
Credit Line/Dedication Fred A. Freund Collection
Reproduction No
Reproduction Information N/A

Share What You Know!

The Spurlock Museum actively seeks opportunities to improve what we know and record about our collections. If you have knowledge about this object, please get in touch with our Registration staff by using the form below. Please note that we cannot give appraisals, provide any information related to value, or authenticate artifacts.

Please enter your first name.
Please enter your last name.
Please enter a valid email address.
Please enter comments you would like to share about the artifact.

All fields are required.