Otagaki Rengetsu (1791-1875) 大田垣蓮月

Otagaki Rengetsu (1791-1875)

Sake Flask (Tokkuri)

Origin: Japan
Period: Edo Period
Material: Ceramic
Size: H: 13.2 cm W: 5.7 cm D: 5.7 cm

After receiving care through healing hands,
I don't have to wait a thousand years
to be deathless and ageless
for I hear it is an immortal elixir,
this chrysanthemum dew.

Translation: Sayumi Takahashi

Box with inscription on the lid: Sake bottle made by nun Rengetsu (Rengetsu ni tokkuri: 蓮月尼 徳利)

Published: Black robe white mist: art of the Japanese Buddhist nun Rengetsu, National Gallery of Australia exhibition catalogue, Melanie Eastburn, Lucie Folan, Robyn Maxwell (ed.), 2007, no.107, ill. p.85.

Inv.no.: R1262
Availability: Sold to: Private Collection, Iceland