Banquet for the times
Li Jin is a celebrated contemporary ink painter known for combining his fine technical skills with irreverent, and often wistful, imagery and text. In bright ink and wash, Banquet for the times presents a diverse party of revellers at a table, from a pig-headed guest to a topless tattooed man. The calligraphy surrounding the diners is from the Ten Great Vows of Samantabhadra Bodhisattva. Attributed to the enlightened Buddhist being Samantabhadra (Pǔxián in Chinese), the vows outline the path to enlightenment and include respect for the Buddhas, generosity, repentance, valuing others and seeking to benefit all sentient creatures.
Place where the work was made
ink and colour on xuan paper
35.0 x 136.0 cm
Signature & date
Signed 'Li Jin Zhi [in Chinese]'. Not dated.
Signed certificate of authenticity l.l., black ink "Yeqin Zuo". Dated l.r., black ink "3 Dec. 2020".
Gift of the Joy and Harold Marchant Foundation 2020
Not on display
© Li Jin