Hearing her cry I wonder if
unable to hold back
she spills out?
As the moon sets behind the mountain—
a little cuckoo.
By Rengetsu’s day, sencha had evolved into a formal tea service, with rules of etiquette and prescribed utensils emulating chanoyu. Howev-er, 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 J. Graham: Otagaki Rengetsu and the Japanese Tea Ceremony, in: Black Robe White Mist, 2007, pp. 65).
Otagaki Rengetsu (1791-1875)
Side-handled tea pot
H 7.8 cm (3 in.)
D 10.5 cm (4 in.)
Wooden box with long inscriptions.
Top of lid, rim of body and handle chipped.