Brush Washer in the Form of the Poet Li Bai with a Wine Jar
Artist/maker unknown, Chinese
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The cavity of this brush washer doubles as a large wine pot from which the Tang dynasty poet Li Bai (701-763) refreshes his bowl. The figure is dressed in traditional scholar's garb with a hat and streamers. Honored as one of China's greatest poets and renowned for his drunkenness, Li Bai lived an adventurous, bohemian life dedicated to wine and verse.