Stationery: Brush Washer 文房用具:笔洗

笔洗,是洗刷毛笔的一种器具。
  The brush washer is a tool used to wash the ink remaining on the brush after it is used.
  古时用贝壳、玉石制作;宋代已有典雅的瓷笔洗问世;明代还用铜制作的小盂作笔洗,历代多以玉、陶等制作,丰富多彩。
  In old times, the brush washer was made of shell or jade. In Song Dynasty (960-1279), people began to make washers with graceful porcelain. In Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), there was the small container made of copper used as the brush washer. Most brush washers were made of jade and porcelain and had diversified shapes.
  笔洗的外型多为扁圆形,上饰各种花纺图案,极富朴素、文雅和庄重感。
  Most of them are usually in a round flat shape, on which various flower patterns are decorated, presenting an appeal of simplicity, elegance and sedateness.

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