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Censer decorated with the Seven Sages of the Bamboo Grove


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The Seven Sages of the Bamboo Grove were a group of men who retreated from society during the turbulent third century to pursue music, engage in pure conversation, and drink wine in the rustic wilds beyond the reach of daily affairs. This vessel, made to hold burning incense, depicts the Sages ensconced amid stalks of bamboo, distanced from the cares of the world.

Censer decorated with the Seven Sages of the Bamboo Grove, Porcelain painted in underglaze cobalt blue (Jingdezhen ware), China

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