About this artwork
The Seven Sages, a group of poets in war-torn third-century China who were celebrated for their refusal to be bound by the mores of society, were also renowned in Japan as exemplars of artistic idiosyncrasy. The sages abandoned politics and worldly pursuits, devoting themselves to wine, music and poetry. Here, they are shown wearing conventional Chinese robes and coiffures, with lush facial hair that renders them unmistakably foreign. They are grouped around a long scroll, perhaps recording the poems they have written during their latest gathering in the grove.
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- Arts of Asia
- Inro Case Depicting the Seven Sages of the Bamboo Grove
- Lacquer with inlay
- H. 9.5 cm; diam. 4.5 cm
- Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel M. Nickerson