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.
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A Ryoro Dai Porcelain Tea Tile decorated by Tanaka Hakuin


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A porcelain Tile used to support a Ryoro brazier by Hakuun of Kyoto decorated with vibrantly bristling bamboo by the literati painter Tanaka Hakuin enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The octagonal tile is hollow in the center to dissipate heat and allow it to sit evenly on Tatami matts if necessary. It is roughly 14.2 cm (5-1/2 inches) across and in excellent condition.
Tanaka Hakuin (birth name Nakagawa Keizaburo, 1866-1934) was born in Suruga, Shizuoka prefecture in the last years of the Edo period and became a student of Tanomura Chokunyu in Kyoto, the cultural heartland of Japan, at the age of 17. This was a tumultuous period as Western ideas and Technology were flooding into Japan. He was the top pupil of Chokunyu, working in the style of both Chikuden and his mentor. At this time he used the name Tanomura Hakuin. In 1900 he married and moved to Hofu city in Yamaguchi prefecture taking his wifes family name Tanaka as his surname, and thereafter was known as Tanaka Hakuin. He established a school for painting where he worked for his remaining years. Work by him is held in the Mori Art Museum and Honolulu.