otagaki rengetsu sweets bowl kashibachi poem

Otagaki Rengetsu | Sweets bowl

SKU: R1408

Although sweets play an important role in the procedure of a tea gathering (not to mention elsewhere) ceramics related to sweets tend to be underrated. But this is a mistake.  Look at this wonderfully charming ceramic bowl for sweets by Otagaki Rengetsu with one of her most sensitive poems inscribed in her unmistakable hand writing.


The night lengthens

as I pound and pound

my worn nun's robe;

The hour grows later and later

Autum here in Shino Village.


The sweets bowl comes in a certificate box by Tokuda Koen (b.1935). Koen was the head Priest of Jinko-in Temple. He published a number of books on Rengetsu’s life and art, and he was a well-known authority on Rengetsu’s works in modern times.


The inscription on the box lid written by Tokuda Koen on the box reads "Made by the nun Rengetsu", "Bowl"; and on the back of the lid "made by the old nun Rengetsu, a sweets container", signed "Head of Jinko-in Temple, certified by Koen", sealed "Koen".


Otagaki Rengetsu (1791-1875)

Sweets bowl (kashibachi)

Glazed ceramic

Height 7.7 cm (3 in.)

Diameter 18 cm (7 in.)

With a certificate box issued by Tokuda Koen



Bachmann Eckenstein