Old Soul Bitong I

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An oriental bitong or bamboo calligraphy brush holder, one of the four treasures found on a scholar’s desk. It has four different patterns on each side- bamboos forest, irises, chrysanthemums and cherry blossoms, all in low relief. Chrysanthemums symbolise happiness and vitality; cherry blossoms represent renewal- life, death and beauty; bamboos stand for virtue, moral integrity, humility, and loyalty; and Irises hope, wisdom, trust and valour. Bitongs were appreciated not only for their functionality but for their aesthetic qualities and values. Can be used as a pen stand or a tea light holder. Most likely made in Japan, early 1900s.

~ Eina Ahluwalia

Approximate dimensions - 4.3 inches in height and 3 inches at its widest and 4.3 inches in depth; Roughly 630 grams for the pair.

Note : These pieces are available with free shipping within India, we do not ship these internationally. Since most of these items are vintage, they are pre-used, pre-loved, and beautifully aged. They may have scratches and scuffs, the plating may have worn off and occasionally some missing parts may have been replaced by the original owners. If you’re a regular collector you know how it is.  Eina personally handpicks each item herself so inspite of their imperfections they’re still beautiful as they are. These pieces have been selected as décor pieces and not items of functional use. Please ask us any questions you have and we’ll be happy to answer them for you. We do not offer returns, refunds, or exchanges on these items.