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Title

Small tea bowl with design of landscape and poem

18th century

Artist

Ogata Kenzan

Japan

1663 – 1743

Alternate image of Small tea bowl with design of landscape and poem by Ogata Kenzan
Alternate image of Small tea bowl with design of landscape and poem by Ogata Kenzan
  • Details

    Other Title
    Small black tea cup with landscape design
    Place where the work was made
    Japan
    Date
    18th century
    Media category
    Ceramic
    Materials used
    stoneware with iron underglaze
    Dimensions
    5.8 x 7.2 cm
    Signature & date

    Signed on side after inscription, in Japanese, iron underglaze, '[Kenzan shô]' and kaô (kakihan) '[ji]'.

    Credit
    Purchased 2003
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    434.2003
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    Artist information
    Ogata Kenzan

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  • About

    Born as the third son of a family of wealthy merchants, and younger brother of Ogata Kôrin, the famous painter/designer, Kenzan studied ceramics under Nonomiya Ninsei, arguably the most respected potter in Japan. Kenzan, however, did not follow or imitate Ninsei but created an original style often working together with his brother Kôrin in what came to be called the Rinpa style. While Ninsei exploited the three-dimensional surface of the ceramic piece in decorating his work, Kenzan treated the whole shape as a single pictorial space - incorporating the interior and exterior of a bowl.

    Asian Art Department, AGNSW, 2003.

    The inscription on this tea bowl is from a larger poem by the Song poet Dai Fugu. It reads:

    The immense joy of a tranquil dwelling
    Drives away the regrets of [one who dons] a scholar's cap

    Dai Fugu (1167-?), cognomen Shizhi and sobriquet Shiping, is a poet of the Southern Song dynasty. Born in Huangyan, present-day Zhejiang Province, Dai is a celebrated member of the Jianghu school of poets, and he is said to have spent over twenty years travelling and visiting famous scenic spots. His works is collected in the ‘Shiping shi ji’ and the ‘Shiping ci’.

    The poem below (from which the couplet comes) collected in the ‘Shiping shi ji’, is one of Dai's ‘Shanzhong jimu er shou’. This is a ‘wuyan lushi ‘or Five-character Eight-line Regulated Poem.

    Cluster of five [or] seven thatched huts
    Sandy shore [with] eight [or] nine boulders

    Terraced hill [with] beds of luxuriant wheat
    Bulging rocks hasten the flow of the stream

    Gathering of elders after sacrificial rites to the Earth god
    Children playing [around the] pear and chestnut [trees]

    The immense joy of a tranquil dwelling
    Drives away the regrets of [one who dons] a scholar's cap

    (trans. Dr Lim Chye Hong, April 2012)

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Japan

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 2 publications