otagaki rengetsu tea bowl chawan large

Otagaki Rengetsu | Large Teabowl

SKU: R1749



An ambiguous tea bowl. It is monumental, monolithic, and impressive but then when you get closer there is more to it. This bowl is also fragile, shy and reclusive. Rengetsu delicately finger-pinched the body of this bowl, and subtly brushed the poem as well as the pine decoration in dark brown paint on light brown clay. And as if done on purpose the old gold lacquer repairs (kintsugi) underline the humble tones of this great piece. 


In the future


and long life - 

two sprouting leaves

to grow a thousand years.


Otagaki Rengetsu (1791-1875)

Tea bowl

Glazed ceramic

Height 8 cm (3 in.) 

Box with inscription (the poem) and collector's seal.