Wednesday, April 15, 2009
THE MYSTERY OF THE BRUSH
This brush comes from China. In Beijing, the capital, we were searching for books written in English. We found three in total, and this story is about what happened in the second book store.
This was the year before the Olympics, so mainland China was gearing up for an English speaking invasion. Most book stores had some English titles on the cover. But upon opening up the book, the text was in Chinese.
The only English books in this store were the tourist guides and maps.
Suddenly, close to the cash register in the back of the store, I see what looks like a coat rack with several big painting brushes hanging on it. they all have very nice handles. On the end of this handle is the skin or the animal (All these images can be enlarged for a closeer look). It has partly the color of the skin in the pic below,and also some black hair. And in the middle is a hard(bony?) piece, where they have made a hole so the brush can hang. There was only one brush that was more expensive than the one I chose.
"What hair?" do I ask. Two people start talking and one looks for a long time in a dictionary. Then another person asks if we wanted to buy something. I point to the brush, and repeat my question. He then walks up to the young man still looking in the dictionary. A little later, a third person adds himself to the group. After some time, this company disperses.
They didn't give me feedback! So, I ask the question again. I have learned that when you don't understand the language of the country you are in, you just keep repeating, till they give you some kind of answer, LOL.
The only thing we could get out of them is that they could not find the translation for the animal's hair in English. Another person indicates that the hair of the brush belongs to the skin of the animal, which hangs close to the coat rack.
I decide to buy this brush anyway, because it looks hand made. And where would I find a brush with a cool handle like this one?
If anyone of you nature lovers have any idea which animal's skin this is, it would solve my problem. You see, I cannot use this brush yet because certain kinds of hair would not tolerate the oil medium. Since this brush is a keep sake, I would like to keep the hair of the brush nice. Hope someone knows!