Otagaki Rengetsu ceramic dish poem

Otagaki Rengetsu | Dish

SKU: R1701

Usually, when Rengetsu uses lotus motifs in her cermic objects, she adds design elements (e.g. veins and roots) to a non-representational shape, but in this case, the entire body of the plate is a leaf, with a coiling root for a pedestal. (Catalogue 2014, p. 140.)


A young crane
his timeless voice heard from afar -
an imperial reign
for a thousand generations
to celebrate in song.


For a similar example, see: Otagaki Rengetsu: Poetry & Artwork from a Rustic Hut, Nomura Art Museum, Kyoto, exhibition catalogue, 2014, p.66.


Otagaki Rengetsu (1791-1875)


Glazed ceramic

H: 3 cm (1 1/4 in.)

D: 12.5 cm (5 in.)

Bachmann Eckenstein