By Angansai, signed Angansai
Japan, Edo (Tokyo), mid-19th century, Edo period (1615-1868)
The famous Chinese poet from the Tang dynasty carved seated in a relaxed pose, supporting himself with one hand and holding up a wine-filled cup with the other, his inebriated state betrayed by his amusing expression, the voluminous robe neatly incised with floral roundels. The back and underside with himotoshi.
LENGTH 3 cm
Condition: Very good condition with minor wear, few minuscule nicks.
Provenance: The Gabor Wilhelm Collection, Paris.
Li Bai (701-762), known as Rihaku in Japan, was a Chinese poet acclaimed from his own day to the present as a genius and a romantic figure who took traditional poetic forms to new heights. His life has taken on a legendary aspect, including tales of drunkenness, chivalry, and the well-known fable that Li drowned when he reached from his boat to grasp the moon's reflection in the river while drunk.
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