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Robert Mangold has been working with Japanese antiques since 1995 with an emphasis on ceramics, Paintings, Armour and Buddhist furniture.

Zen Priest Rozan Eiko & Suwa Sozan I Chawan Tea Bowl

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Stoneware: Pre 1920: Item # 1469068

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Kamigyo-ku Kyoto 602-8385
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A beautifully formed bowl by Suwa Sozan decorated with a verse by Zen priest Yasuda Rozan enclosed in the original signed wooden box.
Plum, Chanting Prayers in the Cold, The bitter scent...The verse followed by the priests Kao-signature in blue on crackled pale glaze. The bowl is 12 cm (4-3/4 inches) diameter, 7.3 cm (3 inches) tall and in excellent condition. This is a superb example of the collaboration which ex9isted between artist, bunjin scholars, priests and other persons in powerful positions.
Rozan Eiko (1865-1944) was born in Nagoya, and entered the priesthood at the age of 11. He was successively seen fit to rise through various masters, working his way toward the top. From Ninbo at Keiunji he eventually received Inka from Jisso Joshin at Tokugenji. He was appointed Kancho of Tokugenji at the age of 34 and virtually rebuilt the entire temple during his stay. Later he was appointed head of Myoshinji, one of the most important Zen temples in Japan. For more see 20th Century Zen by Audrey Yoshiko Seo (1988).
Suwa Sozan I (1852-1922) was born in Kutani country, present day Ishikawa prefecture, where he initially studied before moving to Tokyo in 1875. Over the next 25 years he would gravitate between Tokyo and Kanazawa, working at various kilns and research facilities. He again relocated, this time to Kyoto in 1900 to manage the Kinkozan Studio before establishing his own. His name became synonymous with celadon and refined porcelain and was one of only five potters to be named Teishitsu Gigei-in. The Teishitsu Gigei-in were members of the Imperial Art Academy, Perhaps in modern terms one might call them the predecessors to the Living National Treasures. However unlike the LNT, there were only five Pottery artists ever named Teishitsu Gigei-in, Ito Tozan, Suwa Sozan, Itaya Hazan, Miyagawa Kozan, and Seifu Yohei III. He was succeeded by his adopted daughter upon his death. He is held in the Kyoto National Museum among many others. Yasuda Rozan