Brush Washer in the Form of the Poet Li Bai with a Wine Jar

Artist/maker unknown, Chinese

Excavated at or near Philippines, Asia
Made in China, Asia

13th century

Glazed porcelain (Qingbai ware)

4 x 5 1/4 inches (10.2 x 13.3 cm)

Curatorial Department:
East Asian Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Gift of the Friends of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1970

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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.