Otagaki Rengetsu ceramic tokkuri sake bottle poem

Otagaki Rengetsu | Sake Bottle

SKU: R1620

Among her various creations, Rengetsu is perhaps best known for the exquisite vessels that she crafted for both the sencha and the chanoyu traditions of tea drinking. However, she also created a great number of bottles, flasks and cups for another beverage - sake. As with her other ceramics, Rengetsu's sake wares are adorned with her poems inscribed in her exquisite calligraphy, resonating playfully with the mood of sake drinking. (Meher McArthur, The Sake Wares of Otagaki Rengetsu, Black Robe White Mist, p. 77.)


In the scent of plum blossoms
they do not even rest...
in the deepening night sky
crying and winging away
the wild geese of spring.


Otagaki Rengetsu

Sake bottle (tokkuri)

Glazed ceramic

Height 10.8 cm (4 1/4 in.)



Bachmann Eckenstein