The Kura - Japanese Art Treasures
Robert Mangold has been working with Japanese antiques since 1995 with an emphasis on ceramics, Paintings, Armour and Buddhist furniture.
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Pre 1980 item #1489297
The Kura
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A black glazed bowl decorated with the Zen phrase Buji by Shimizu Hian enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 12.5 cm (5 inches) diameter, 8 cm (just more than 3 inches) tall and in excellent condition. It is signed on the side Hian followed by his age at 91 years old. Buji is a Japanese Zen Buddhist concept that can be translated as "nothing eventful" or "nothing lacking." It is often used to express a state of tranquility, contentment, or a sense of completeness. In the context of Zen philosophy, "Buji" suggests a state of being where one is free from desires, attachments, and the sense of lacking something. The idea behind "Buji" is rooted in mindfulness, meditation, and living in the present moment. It encourages individuals to let go of unnecessary worries, desires, and preoccupations, allowing them to fully embrace and appreciate the current moment without a sense of deficiency. In Zen practice, attaining a state of "Buji" is often associated with a deep understanding of the impermanence of life and the futility of clinging to material possessions or fleeting experiences. It promotes a more profound sense of inner peace and contentment by letting go of the constant pursuit of external validations and desires. While "Buji" is a term with specific relevance in the context of Zen Buddhism, its underlying message of finding contentment and peace in the present moment has broader applications and can be appreciated in various aspects of life.
Shimizu Hian (1883-1975) was a popular poet and painter of the early modern period. He graduated law studies from the prestigious Kyoto University, and took a position in Kobe District Court. A social activist, from there he wandered through various positions, bank clerk, office worker, mayor of a small town. His paintings were lauded by such greats as Kawai Gyokudo and Konoshima Keika, and he was a true literati in life style.