Bronze figure of Li Bai
China, 18th century
A bronze figure of the poet Li Bai, dressed in a long-sleeved robe which is engraved with floral roundels. His head, which has a long-bearded face and heavy eyelids, is covered by a court hat, which is engraved with floral scrolls. The poet rests on a turned-over wine jar, which is decorated with a key-fret pattern around the rim. The metal has acquired a pleasing, mellow brown patina. The bronze retains its openwork wood stand, which is carved with rocks, a flower and a spray of lingzhi fungus.
Li Bai also pronounced as Li Bo, was a Chinese poet, acclaimed from his own time to the present as a brilliant and romantic figure who took traditional poetic forms to new heights. The wine jar on which he rests is appropriate; no other poet has written more poems about consuming wine.
The collection of Paul Bromberg, Bangkok and Hong Kong.