This superb carved bamboo brush holder (or Bitong) is an early 20th century product. It is 7 ¼” high and 5 ¼” wide. It depicts the popular Chinese folk story of Fu, Lu, Shou ( 福祿壽 ). Fu, Lu and Shou are attributes of the good life. They were personified as deities in Chinese culture. Fu is carrying a young child and represents good fortune. Lu is holding a RuYi scepter and represents prosperity. Shou is holding a peach and represents longevity. The maker of the brush holder did a great job by integrating images of the three deities with images of other concepts associated with these attributes of the good life. Associated images include young playful children, He He Er Xian (two young immortals of harmony and unity) and flying cranes and bats. Beside those deities, fairies and mythical creatures, there are mountain, moon, plants (pine, banana and orchid) and lucky cloud which are part of the composition of the scene. The rim and three legged base are made from hard wood. There are four characters indicating the date it was made; autumn, 1929. It is in excellent condition.