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Japanese Brush Washer

Under Chinese influence, porcelain brush washers were created in Japan using a much more minimalist aesthetic to reflect the preferences of the Japanese literati. These were made in reaction to the prevalence of ink drawing, calligraphy, and painting in Japan. The art of ink-wash painting in Japan is called “sumi-e."

Japanese brush washers were typically decorated with images of natural zen-inspired motifs that invoked tranquility and oneness with nature. Despite these decorations, Japanese brush washers are very minimally decorated to aid in the meditative state that needed to be achieved by scholars and painters in order to produce documents and paintings.

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