Otagaki Rengetsu | Mizusashi

Otagaki Rengetsu | Mizusashi

SKU: R1631

Chanoyu, the Japanese tea ceremony, which originated in fifteenth-century Kyoto, began as a pastime of the elites - high-ranking warriors, Buddhist monks and aristocrats. By the late sixteenth century, wealthy well-educated urban merchants also participated, one of whom, Sen no Rikyu, codified the now familiar Zen-influenced aesthetic identity for Chanoyu that celebrates rusticity, austerity and simplicity. By Rengetsu's time, the diverse participants in Chanoyu obtained utensils from orthodox potter lineages such as Raku, used vessels they made themselves as self-taught amateurs, of obtained them from new sources that included provincial kilns and workshops of independent potters, among them nuns such as Rengetsu. (Patricia J. Graham: Otagaki Rengetsu and the Japanese Tea Ceremony, in: Black Robe White Mist, 2007, pp. 63-64).

The poem:


Dried persimmons
thinning under the eaves
of my mountain hut -
a night storm
brings a deep chill.


Otagaki Rengetsu (1791-1875)

Glazed Ceramic

H: 12.5 cm (5 in.)

Diam. 13.5 cm (5 ¼ in.)

Bachmann Eckenstein