A BAMBOO 'LI BAI' BRUSHPOT 18th/19th century

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Lot 90
A BAMBOO 'LI BAI' BRUSHPOT
18th/19th century

US$ 6,000 - 8,000
£ 4,400 - 5,800
A BAMBOO 'LI BAI' BRUSHPOT
18th/19th century
The sides of the cylindrical body carved in low relief with a continuous scene of the sage poet slumped beneath a willow tree with heavy-lidded eyes and quiet smile, under a willow tree, behind him his mischievous attendant steals a sip from the languid sage's jar of wine, a crescent moon carved below the rim, incised with a two-character signature.
5 7/8in (15cm) high

Footnotes

  • 十八/十九世紀 竹雕太白醉酒圖筆筒

    Li Bai was part of a group of poets known as the 'Eight Immortals of the Wine Cup' who celebrated the joys of wine. One of his most famous poems was 'Drinking alone under the moon' which describes the poet having a private party with three guests: himself, the moon, and his shadow. On this bamboo brushpot, however, the artist has replaced Li Bai's shadow with that of a mischievous figure sipping from his wine undetected, adding a humorous twist to a well-known poem.

    For a similar design on a bamboo brushpot depicting Li Bai drinking, see Ip Yee, Chinese Bamboo Carving Part I, Hong Kong, 1978, pp.222-223.
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A BAMBOO 'LI BAI' BRUSHPOT 18th/19th century
A BAMBOO 'LI BAI' BRUSHPOT 18th/19th century
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A BAMBOO 'LI BAI' BRUSHPOT 18th/19th century
A BAMBOO 'LI BAI' BRUSHPOT 18th/19th century
A BAMBOO 'LI BAI' BRUSHPOT 18th/19th century
A BAMBOO 'LI BAI' BRUSHPOT 18th/19th century
A BAMBOO 'LI BAI' BRUSHPOT 18th/19th century
A BAMBOO 'LI BAI' BRUSHPOT 18th/19th century
A BAMBOO 'LI BAI' BRUSHPOT 18th/19th century
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