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Zen Priest Kasumi Bunshō : Unusual Tea Bowl

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Zen Priest Kasumi Bunshō : Unusual Tea Bowl
Kasumi Bunshō (1905-1998) was a long term abbot of Kaisei-ji in Nishinomiya (south of Kyoto) and was elected to be the 642th abbot of Myōshin-ji, and 29th head of Myōshin-ji sect of Rinzai Buddhism. He was a student of Nantenbō and Deiryū. This tea bowl, named “Mushin” (No Mind), is a rare piece. He brushed the single character for moon on the surface of kyo-yaki bowl in red enamel. His kakihan (handwritten seal) is on the bottom of the bowl. There is no potters seal or mark, possibly meaning he himself made it. Box is signed Nanten with his kakihan. This is an early piece, he used Nanten as his signature in the early 1960s. 2 5/8” (6 cm) high, 4 7/8” (12.1 cm) in diameter. For more about Bunshō see Seo, Audrey: The Art of Twentieth-Century Zen: Paintings and Calligraphy by Japanese Masters, Shambhala, 1998 and Dujin, Veljko: Zenmi – A Taste of Zen: Paintings Calligraphy and Ceramics from the Riva Lee Asbell Collection, Morikami Museum, 2011.

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