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Rengetsu-yaki Dish by Otagaki Rengetsu
Rengetsu-yaki Dish by Otagaki Rengetsu


 
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Item No. 12150 ✉ Email A Friend Buy
ゆく末の さちとよはいを 二葉にて
ちとせを松や ひさしかるらん
蓮月七十七才

Let us consider
Our aging and
Future happiness
As twin needles
From an auspicious pine.
Rengetsu age 77

Rengetsu was largely a self-taught potter because she was unable to spend the customary ten-year apprenticeship under a master potter that is deemed necessary to learn the craft. Thus, she relied heavily on her potter friends and disciples to help her with her work. Her favorite and most devoted disciple was Kuroda Koryo (1823-1895), sometimes known as "Rengetsu II"." Koryo made the pottery and Rengetsu carved the inscriptions. Koryo crafted this well-made dish—his seal is on the back—and Rengetsu added the poem, which alludes to the fact that Rengetsu herself is aging but she wants to pass the rest of her life nobly in the manner of an majestic evergreen pine. It should also be noted that Koryo was a man; it was very unusual in those days for a woman to have male disciples. Not only that, Koryo's calligraphy was a mirror to that of Rengetsu. It is also remarkable for a man and woman to work so well together; this dish is wonderful example of the blending of male and female energies.
Age: Edo - Meiji 1860's
Size: 5.5" diam
Media: Ceramics
Condition: Excellent
Price: $2,500.00 USD

Item No: 12150
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