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Title

Teabowl (chawan)

19th century


Artist

possibly Issō or Kuroda Kōryō (1823-1895)

1823 - 1895


About

This tea bowl (chawan) has at times been attributed to the Japanese Buddhist nun Otagaki Rengetsu (1791-1875) but was more likely created by one of her assistants, possibly Isso or Kuroda Koryo (1823-1895). The hand-built bowl features young pines and a poem by 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)

Following a life of tragedy, Rengetsu became a nun at Chion'in, the head temple of Pure Land Buddhim in Kyoto. There she took the name Rengetsu which means 'lotus moon'. In order to support herself, in her late forties or early fifties Rengetsu took up making tea ceramics and soon became renowned for her pottery and painting which she often inscribed with the poems she wrote. Her work was extremely popular and much imitated.


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


Location

Not on display


Accession number

350.2005


Artist information

possibly Issō or Kuroda Kōryō (1823-1895)

Works in the collection

1


Shown in 4 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


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