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Period: Kangxi reign (1662-1722), Qing dynasty (1644-1911)
Medium: bamboo handle
Dimensions: length of the shaft: 18.8 cm

The plain bamboo handle makes this brush light and easy to control. Its upper part is carved with an auspicious phrase "Long Live the Emperor" (Tianzi wannian, literally May the Son of Heaven live ten thousand years) written vertically in regular script (kai shu) and filled with gold. Smaller blue characters appear underneath, indicating that it was respectfully presented as a gift by the official Bai Huang. Of rabbit's hair, the tip is made with a swelling stomach in the shape of a magnolia bud. Some stiffer hair in the middle of the brush strengthens the tip.   
  In the palace collection, brushes with the inscription "Long Live the Emperor" are historically valuable because the phrase suggests that this type was a gift for the emperor's birthday.

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