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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Otagaki Rengetsu Chakin Tsutsu

Otagaki Rengetsu Chakin Tsutsu


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Stoneware: Pre 1900: Item # 1461844

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817-2 Kannonji Monzen-cho
Kamigyo-ku Kyoto 602-8385
tel.81-75-201-3497
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 $450.00 
A chakin Tsutsu cylinder by Isso decorated with a poem by Otagaki Rengetsu reading:
Ko no kimi wa Our young bamboo
medetaki fushi wo piling up happy knots
kasane tsutsu year upon year
sue no yo nagaki its tips reaching ever higher It is 4 cm diameter, 6 cm tall and in excellent condition.
According to the book Black Robe White Mist one of Rengetsu’s best known ceramic collaborators was Isso (dates unknown). A number of pieces bear his stamp, indicating that he produced the hand formed vessels while Rengetsu decorated them.
Otagaki Rengetsu was born into a samurai family, she was adopted into the Otagaki family soon after birth, and served as a lady in waiting in Kameoka Castle in her formative years, where she received an education worthy of a Lady of means. Reputed to be incredibly beautiful, she was married and bore three children; however, her husband and all children died before she was twenty. Remarried she bore another daughter, however that child too perished and her husband died while she was just 32. Inconsolable, she cut off her hair to join the nunnery at Chion-in Temple, where she renounced the world and received the name Rengetsu (Lotus Moon). However, this was not the end, but only the beginning of a career as artist and poet which would propel her to the top of the 19th century Japan literati art world.