Brush

Types of natural hairs used for Calligraphy brush hairs production

By Beyond Calligraphy / 05/03/2010 /

There are three main types of brushes: soft, hard and mixed. Mixed brushes, as the name itself suggests, are those made of both soft and hard hairs. They are usually more suitable for beginners. The softness of the brush depends on the type of hairs used in production. The most common animal hair brushes are…

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Calligraphy Brush (筆, fude)

By Beyond Calligraphy / 05/03/2010 /

The brush (筆, fude) is the most important out of the four treasures of the study (文房四宝, bunbou shihou). It symbolizes the extension of mind and body of the calligrapher. In this capacity it is much more than just a writing tool. The first brushes must have appeared around 5000 – 3000 B.C. together with…

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Four Treasures of the study

By Beyond Calligraphy / 05/03/2010 /

There are many tools that calligraphers use (penholders, brush pots, ink boxes, desk mats, paperweights, seals and seal boxes, raw materials, etc). However, four of them are essential to this art, not only because of their necessity, but also due to their symbolic meaning. They are called “four treasures of the study” (文房四宝, bunbou shihou).…

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