の々みやの 春の手向の しらうふは
At the imperial shrine
The maidens make the spring offering
Of pure white silk;
[In the background] branches of the sacred sakaki
intermingle with the cherry blossoms*.
*The branches of a sakaki tree are used for Shinto purification rites; in Buddhism, cherry blossoms symbolize impermanence.
The scene described in the poem is one of renewal, of a fresh beginning in spring; when inscribed on teapot it suggests that the taste of freshly brewed tea is similarly reinvigorating. This teapot was in use for many years. Rengetsu's pottery was made for use in everyday life, not as a decorative item to be on put on display. Such Rengetsu teapots are still being used today.
Age: Edo - Meiji 1860's
Size: 2.25" x 4" x 4.25"
Price: $3,800.00 USD