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Ch: Yinzhong baxian. A painting subject based on the poem Yinzhong Baxiange (Jp: Inchuu hassenka ˆù’†”ªå‰Ì), or Eight Immortals of the Wine Cup by the Tang dynasty poet Du Fu (Jp: *To Ho “m•á, 712-70). In the text of the verse, Du Fu selects the eight most prominent drinkers among the literary men of his age, and then cleverly praises their prodigious capacities for alcohol and lists their drunken antics. The Eight Immortals include: He Zhizhang (Jp: Ga Chishou ‰ê’mÍ, 659-744) who when drunk would ride his horse swaying as if on a boat; Prince of Ruyang (Jp: Joyou “ð—z) who would drink three dou (Jp: to “l) of wine and then, when visiting the imperial palace and passing a brewer's court, would make his mouth water; Li Shizhi (Jp: Ri Tekishi —›“K”V, ?-747) who was said to drink like a large whale swallowing a hundred rivers; Cui Songzhi (Jp: Sai Souji ›Á‘v”V) who when holding his wine cup aloft and staring at the sky looked like a beautiful tree blown by the wind; Su Jin (Jp: So Shin ‘hW) who would fast before an embroidered cloth hanging of Buddha throughout the year, but when drunk liked the feeling of emptiness in his mind; Li Bai (Jp: *Ri Haku —›”’, 701-62) who after drinking one dou would write one-hundred verses and, although due to his inebriation was unable to accept a court invitation, still called himself an immortal of drinking; Zhang Xu (Jp: Chou Kyuu ’£ˆ®) who after drinking three cups of wine would take up his brush and declare himself to be a master of the grass script, sousho ‘‘ style of calligraphy; and, Jiao Sui (Jp: Shou Sui Å‹) who after drinking five dou and feeling his spirits rise, would surprise listeners with his elegant discourse. Japanese paintings on the theme include works by Kaihou Yuushou ŠC–k—F¼ (1533-1615; Kyoto National Museum) and Ike no Taiga ’r‘å‰ë (1723-76).
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