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Otagaki Rengetsu | Teabowl

SKU: R1754

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, of 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 collector's box is signed sealed "Munemitsu". 


Our young bamboo
piling up happy knots
year upon year—
its tips reaching high
a paragon to us.


Otagaki Rengetsu (1791-1875)

Tea bowl

Glazed ceramic

Height 6.8 cm (2½ in.)

Diameter 11.3 cm (4½ in.)

Wooden box with inscription


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