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Title

Teabowl


Artist

Ôtagaki RENGETSU

Japan

1791 - 1875


About

A charming, hand-built tea bowl, with the design of a pine on the inside, and a poem on the outside brushed by the female artist Rengetsu:

This being New Year’s Day
to the fields my heart
is drawn –
may there be
young pines to be pulled

(trans. Sayumi Takahashi)

Rengetsu was born into a samurai family and became a nun after her husband and children died. She adopted the name Rengetsu, meaning 'lotus moon', and became well known for her tasteful inscriptions of poem on ceramics. This poem epitomizes the Japanese aesthetic of transience that is explored throughout the Gallery's displays of Japanese art.

A comparable teabowl by Rengetsu is illustrated in Soame Jenyns, 'Japanese Pottery', 1971, pl. 119b.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, December 2005.


Details


Date

19th century


Media category

Ceramic


Materials used

stoneware with underglaze blue and black pigment on white slip


Dimensions

9.0 x 12.5 cm


Credit

Roger Pietri Fund 2005


Accession number

350.2005


Artist information

Ôtagaki RENGETSU

Works in the collection

2


Shown in 3 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Melanie Eastburn, Lucie Folan and Robin Maxwell, Black robe white mist: art of the Japanese Buddhist nun Rengetsu, Australia, 2007, 92 (colour illus.). cat.no. 112