Chest, anonymous, c. 1600 - c. 1700

Chest, anonymous, c. 1600 - c. 1700

lacquering, h 49.0cm × w 104.0cm × d 48.0cm More details

The poet Li Bai was summoned by Emperor Minghuang (r. 713-756) to compose poems for his concubine Yang Guifei. Li arrives, drunk; Yang, however, admires his talent and helps him to write while the eunuch Gao Lishi assists Li in removing his shoes. The top of the chest features a heavenly scene. After Yang’s death the emperor dreams that he meets her on the moon.

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