Before there were pens or email, Asian writers used ink and brush to write their poems or sign their name. Brush washers were bowls used to dampen or clean the brush while working.
A brilliant and unique gift for an artist or calligrapher, this handsome and quite fierce carved stone dragon is actually utilitarian; his top features a shallow bowl which, filled with water, allows an artist or calligrapher to dampen their brush for that next stroke of genius.
He, uh, also makes a great paperweight or desk guardian.
Many shades of toffee, cocoa and cream, the natural striations of the carved stone show through on this noble beast and the design carvings - from his teeth to his mane to his toes - are beautifully done. 2" tall and 1 3/4" wide, he stands straight and his bowl will accommodate perhaps a little less than a teaspoon of water.