This pair of Chinese carved white jade brush handles date from the late 19th century. One handle is carved as a dragon (male); the other presents the phoenix (female). According to tradition, before a marriage, both families will exchange gifts. If the groom is a scholar, the bride¡¯s family will give a complete set of scholar¡¯s tools as gift. A wealthy family will provide a very expensive gift. A pair of jade brush handles can serve that purpose.
The silk brocade covered box and the brush hair attached on the handles are new. They are in good condition. The handles are 6 ½ inches long (8 inches long including the brush hair).