Oriental brush

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"Traditional Oriental round brushes differ from Occidental. Instead of mixing different hairs together they are assembled from the inside out in layers of various hairs. There is a central core selected to retain fluid, and sometimes as many as five additional layers added to provide appropriate properties like points and stiffness. Hairs most often used are sheep, goat, horse, badger, deer, and Weasel. Bamboo fibers are also used. Handles range from bamboo (no ferrule) to specially fashioned wood including flat split handles for hake brushes." (from Zora Pinney 1999)

Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • Zora Sweet Pinney, 'A Handle on the Terms used for Artists' Brushes', unpublished glossary, 1999