A large Chinese figure of the poet Li Bai. Qianlong period
Naturalistically modeled depicting the poet Li bai, lying down, his arm resting on a wine jar, his head supported by his hand, his figure clad in a glossy blue robe and loose white thousers.
- Period :
- Qianlong (1735-1795)
- 6.49 in. (16.5 cm /larg.)
- Reference :
Eymery & Cie, Paris (Robert Duchange)
An identical figure is in the collection of the Museo D’Arte Cinese (Chinese Art Museum) in Parma (Italia).
Li Bai (701-762), also called Li Po or Li-taï-pé, was acclaimed in his own day for his poetic genius, a reputation that has endured over the centuries. A somewhat romantic figure, Li Bai wrote timeless, inspirational poems about friendship, love, loss and wine. His style was innovative, yet respectful of earlier traditions. His love of wine was well known, and he is immortalized in the famous poem “Eight Immortals of the Wine Cup”, by his good friend and contemporary Du Fu.