spring begins again
welcomed with song
by the Yamato people
of these intrepid isles.
This is a handmade tea bowl by the renowned Buddhist nun Rengetsu (1791-1875). Although Rengetsu was a master of inscribing her poems and sketching her paintings on ceramics, she admitted that she was rather poor at making pottery herself. Almost all "Rengetsu-yaki" was made by her disciples or other helpful potters. The pieces that she did make -- the shape of her fingers where she worked the clay can be clearly seen and felt -- are wonderfully lopsided as we see here, and usually over glazed. Because the bowl is such an odd shape, Rengetsu had a dfficult time inscribing the poem along the side of the bowl. Also, since the glaze is so thick, it is very hard to decipher the calligraphy. All this, however, makes the tea bowl utterly charming. It is a delight to hold and feel Rengetsu's handiwork. This is a very rare and unusual example of true "Rengetsu-yaki."
A Letter of Authenticity by John Stevens, professor & director of the Zen Art Society (Tohoku Fukushi University), is provided with this tea bowl.
Age: Edo - Meiji 19th Century
Size: 3 inches high, 4.75 inch diam
Price: $9,500.00 USD