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Hair brush

Post #727 • February 9, 2006, 11:22 PM • 8 Comments

From Taichung, a brush made from the hair of a locally renowned calligraphy teacher. Not for sale. Not to me, anyway.

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ahab

February 10, 2006, 1:11 AM

Is there some kind of segue to help me make the transition from the last couple of posts and their ensuing dialogues to this one? Maybe if I start with how different Asian hair typically is from my own Germanic roots.

I can't quite imagine how well this long, fullbodied hairbrush would hold or dispense ink. Seems unwieldy. Did you use anything like this when you were there, Franklin?

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Franklin

February 10, 2006, 6:44 AM

Roots? Get it?

I knew that the Chinese took calligraphy seriously, but had no idea to what extent until I got there and saw things like this. It would be unweildy, to be sure, but a master could utilize the randomness to make something expressive. I saw one teacher do beautiful things with a wadded-up paper towel. They're good over there.

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oldpro

February 10, 2006, 7:56 AM

It may not be consistent, Ahab, but it sure is different, thank God.

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ahab

February 10, 2006, 10:20 AM

They must be calligraphy gods if they made that sign with it.

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Franklin

February 10, 2006, 1:16 PM

Not just that - the thing that looks like a smaller brush hanging next to it is actually a trompe-l'oeil painting on the sign, painted using the big brush.

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Marc Country

February 11, 2006, 12:13 AM

Hey! You said it was censorship WEEK! What happened to the REAL topic that was SUPPOSED to appear here???

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Franklin

February 11, 2006, 10:53 AM

Well, Marc, the Friday post is Rumi, who was a Sufi, and the Sufi order has been persecuted as a heretical group at times. The above sign is written in Danish.

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Marc Country

February 13, 2006, 3:11 AM

Yeah yeah, sure... I smell a conspiracy...

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