- Museum number
- Object: Inchu hassen 飲中八仙 (Eight Immortals of the Wine Cup)
Painting, pair of hanging scrolls. The Eight Immortals of the Wine Cup (Li Bai, He Zhizhang, Zhang Xu, Cui Songzhi, Jiao Sui, Li Shizi, Su Jin and Wang Jin) gathered and enjoying various amusements, as described in the poem 'Eight Immortals of the Wine Cup' by Du Fu. Ink and light colours on silk. Inscribed, signed and sealed. With paulownia storage box.
- Production date
Height: 188 centimetres (mount)
Height: 109.50 centimetres
Width: 56 centimetres (mount)
Width: 37 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- The figures are painted in a free and humorous style, possibly while the painter himself was slightly inebriated, as was popular practice among literati-style artists. The poetic inscription has been brushed above the painting, across the two scrolls. The paintings appear to have their original mountings and storage box, with documentation of several previous historic owners.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2012 Sep – 2013 Apr, BM G91, ‘Ritual and revelry: the art of drinking in Asia'
2011 Oct - 2012 Feb, BM Japanese Galleries, 'Japan from Prehistory to the Present'
- Associated titles
Associated Title: Eight Immortals of the Wine Cup (poem)
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Purchase funded by Edward and Anne Studzinski
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Asia painting number: Jap.Ptg.Add.1279 (Japanese Painting Additional Number)