Calligraphy Brushes

Among the various tools of calligraphy, writing brush is the peculiar to China. The brushes are varied, and whites goat's hair, black rabbit's hair and yellow weasel's hair are the three major types.The handle is made of not only bamboo, wood, lacquer and porcelain, but also some precious materials including mother-of-pearl inlay, ivory and jade.

Writing brush has such a long history that prehistoric painted pottery, inscriptions on oracle bones, bamboo slips and silks were all writing materials for brush. Some ancient writing brushes were also excavated in the graves of the Chunqiu and Zhanguo times.