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Robert Mangold has been working with Japanese antiques since 1995 with an emphasis on ceramics, Paintings, Armour and Buddhist furniture.
Carved Japanese Sencha Tea Tray, Skull & Poem by Sekiun

Carved Japanese Sencha Tea Tray, Skull & Poem by Sekiun

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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Tea Articles: Pre 1940: Item # 1410618

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A Skull and grave-marker alongside an epitaph spring from a natural formation in the wood of this carved wooden slab signed Sekiun made to hold a cup for use with Sencha Tea. The accompanying poem reads Iseki Beni-Kao Bishonen. It is an excerpt from the poem by Liu Xiyi (651-679) lamenting impermanence, while at the same time celebrating the eternal rebirth in the seasons. He notes that the young enjoy the flowers of spring, and yet as the years go by, the flowers blossom annually while those that enjoy them are constantly changing. Youth turns toward decrepitude and death, while others are born will take their place in the cycle. The tray is 17 x 10.5 x 1 cm. Interestingly it was for this very poem that the author Liu was executed, as the poem was taken as a criticism of the Tang Imperial Court.