Otagaki Rengetsu | Teabowl

Otagaki Rengetsu | Teabowl

SKU: R1577

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, or 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 reads:

“Don't fall behind!
Run! Run!”
A little cuckoo
sporting about Kamiyama
also cries out


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Otagaki Rengetsu (1791-1875)

Glazed ceramic
Height 5.5 cm (2 in.)

Diameter 12.9 cm (5 in.)

Wooden box