Inro Case Depicting the Seven Sages of the Bamboo Grove

A work made of lacquer with inlay.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of lacquer with inlay.

Date:

18th century

Artist:

Chikanao
Japanese

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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Title

Inro Case Depicting the Seven Sages of the Bamboo Grove

Origin

Japan

Date

1701–1800

Medium

Lacquer with inlay

Dimensions

H. 9.5 cm; diam. 4.5 cm

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel M. Nickerson

Reference Number

1900.1170.3

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