Long before Ogata Kenzan was the artist we know he received this letter from his teacher Nonomura Ninsei. - Works on paper by Ninsei are rare.
"Here we stamp it Kachutei and Ninsei. The water container to the right with Shippo pattern has no glaze on the top. Handles and lid should be playful shape, whole shape should be like the image on the right. To be continued in a next letter... - From Nonomura Seiemon to Ogata."
Letter to Ogata Kenzan
Ink on paper, late 17th century
25.4 x 37.8 cm (10 x 14 3/4 in.)
Mounting 104 x 43.3 cm (41 x 17 in.)
Nonomura Ninsei | Letter to Ogata Kenzan