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Brush (筆, ふで, fude)

Mini2:b9_brush.jpg"Brush: | Sabaki fude (さばき筆, さばきふで, i.e. “released hairs brush”) and katame fude (固め筆, かためふで, i.e. “glued hairs brush”) displayed in a calligraphy supplies store (跋渉堂 (ばっしょうどう, Basshoudou), Japan)."

Calligraphy brush. One of the “four treasures of the study” (文房四宝, ぶんぼう しほう, bunbō shihō), which are: brush, inkstone, ink and paper. The brush is considered the most important and essential of the four. The brush is a living object and it is treated with utmost respect in the Far East. It is believed to be a metaphysical extension of calligrapher’s mind and soul. In this capacity it is much more than just a writing tool. Recently discovered earthenware proves that primitive brushes for writing markings (pre-characters) were already utilized by Yangshao (仰韶, Chinese: Yāng sháo) civilization (5000 – 3000 B.C.). For more detailed description please refer to brush section on our website, where it is discussed in greater detail.

The oldest intact brush was in found Changsha (長沙), the capital city of Hunan Province (湖南省). The brush is over 2000 years old and its history goes back to the Warring States Period (戰國時代, 475 – 221 B.C.). It was made of rabbit hairs attached to a wooden handle.

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