otagaki rengetsu sencha kyusu teapot

Otagaki Rengetsu | Sencha pot

SKU: R1737

By Rengetsu's days, sencha had evolved into a formal tea service, with rules of etiquette and prescribed utensils emulating chanoyu. However, the literati continued to drink the beverage more informally in quiet protest against chanoyu and as an adjunct to other literati pursuits including painting pictures and composing poetry. (Patricia C. Graham: in Black Robe White Mist, 2006, p. 65)


Neither melted nor gone
the pure snowy water
flows down
into this flowerless village
beneath the spring night moon.


Otagaki Rengetsu (1791-1875)

Side-handled Teapot (Kyusu)

Glazed ceramic

Original box (tomobako)




On Rengetsu, see: 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

Bachmann Eckenstein