Cup depicting Three Laughers of Tiger Ravine


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 219

Huddled beneath a cliff, a famous poet (Tao Yuanming, 365–427), a Daoist priest (Lu Xiujing, 406–477), and a Buddhist monk (Huiyuan, 334–416) burst into unrestrained laugher as the monk unintentionally breaks a vow by crossing the bridge separating his monastery from the mundane world. This widely depicted scene serves as a parable for the importance of crossing boundaries in the pursuit of understanding.

Cup depicting Three Laughers of Tiger Ravine, Rhinoceros horn, China

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Side 1 of 2, with stand