Octagonal wine cup with an image of drunken Li Bai

Ming Dynasty
Height: 2.9 cm, Rim Diameter: 7.8 cm, Bottom Diameter: 4.8 cm
Unearthed from the tomb of Wan Gui outside the You’anmen Gate in Beijing

This octagonal wine cup has a broad mouth with a folded rim, a gradually tapering downward body and a flat bottom. On the bottom is carved an image of drunken Li Bai (a great poet in the Tang Dynasty). He looks straight ahead with his right hand before his chest and left hand on an empty wine jar lying on its side. His right leg supports the right hand, and the left leg is bent. On the exterior surface engraved a scene of the Eight Immortals including in clockwise order Lü Dongbin, Han Zhongli, Tieguai Li, Zhang Guolao, Cao Guojiu, Han Xiangzi, Lan Caihe and He Xiangu. The cup is made with molding, welding and carving techniques.