Deer hair

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Mizubake Water Brush with Deer Hair Bristles


The soft, or springy hair removed from any species of deer (family Cervidae) that are found throughout the world. Deer hair from the animals back is springy while that of the underbelly is soft. Because of its good water uptake, deer hair was used for watercolor, calligraphy, and round Oriental brushes (Pinney 1999).

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Resources and Citations

  • Zora Sweet Pinney, 'A Handle on the Terms used for Artists' Brushes: The Indispensable Tools' unpublished glossary, 1999.

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