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Culture
Chinese
Title
Red Star (黄 Lux Zi Hao Rabbit Hair Brush (Yellow)
Material
Materials and Techniques: Zi Hao Rabbit Hair
Measurements
Measurements: 5.5 x 1.2 cm
Description
Wood 紫毫 Zi Hao Rabbit hair Zi hao is the most highly valued brush hair,Zi Hao, or sword hair is a black purple. Zi Hao is longer than normal rabbit hair, it is strong and flexible. Therefore, it belongs to the premium level of brush hair. Zi Hao is so rare and valuable that every 1000 rabbits fur can only make 80 premium Zi Hao brushes. This hair is perfect to make big brush Da Lían Bi. The good hair can make the big brush strong, flexible, and easy to control. A pure Zi Hao black rabbit hair brush is soft and bulbous, if mixed with white rabbit hair is also strong and sharp.The best rabbit hair is collected from September to January when the hair is thick while not too hard nor too soft: in spring and summer, rabbit hairs are too soft to be used to make brush. The best rabbit hair is from the southeast of Xuan County, 15 kilometres from the city centre. Sometimes, different rabbits hairs are used in combination to create a perfect brush. Rabbit hair from northern China is strong and hard; while rabbit hair from south is soft. Hard hair is strong and enduring, but the writing is too masculine. Soft hair is easy to use in the beginning but difficult to create strength in the writing. Therefore, some people use the hard rabbit hair from North to make the centre of the brush, the soft hair from South to make the outside part of the brush centre, and in the end the very soft white Shuang Bai hair is used for the exterior part of the brush. By doing such a complex combination of hairs, the brush makes the best of each types of hairs’ advantages while avoiding any disadvantages. In the Tang dynasty the poet Baijuyi wrote a poem on the “Black rabbit hair brush” which describes its features: ”紫毫笔,尖如锥二兮利如刀。江南石上有老兔,吃竹饮泉生紫毫。宣城之人采为笔,千万毛中选一毫。每岁宣城进笔试,紫毫之价如金贵“ Black rabbit hair brush is as sharp as a needle, as sharp as a knife. In south China there is an old rabbit which lives on bamboo and spring water and grows black hair. In Xuan county people use this hair to make brush, it is so selective only 1 hair in thousands can be used to make this brush. Every year when Xuan county prepares brushes for the emperor, the black rabbit hair is as valuable as gold.”
Repository
University of Pennsylvania Fisher Fine Arts Library Material Collection
Shelf 20
ID Number
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