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Chinese Style Vase by Zen Priest Inaba Shinden

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Chinese Style Vase by Zen Priest Inaba Shinden
Extremely rare porcelain Chinese style porcelain vase made by Katō Minoru (b. 1932), well known Kyoto potter, often associated with Zen priests. The vase is inscribed Yūshin (遊心  Desire to Have a Good Time). Probably not an obvious choice by a Zen priest, but Inaba was well know for his good natured humor. Inaba Shinden (1906-1986) entered priesthood in 1920 and had studied Zen under Taiko Yamazaki and Seki Seisetsu (1877-1945). He was the abbot of Jisai-in, sub-temple of Tenryu-ji in Kyoto from 1940 until he was elected to be the abbot of Kokutai-ji and head of Kokutai-ji sect of Rinzai Buddhism in 1968. He held the position for the rest of his life. Piece dates from early 1970s and is 9 1/8 (23.2cm) tall, 3 3/8 (8.6 cm) wide and 3 1/2 (9 cm) long. It is enclosed in original box signed by Inaba Shinden. Piece is in perfect condition. For more information on Inaba Shinden and Kato Minoru, see Dujin, Veljko: Zenmi A Taste of Zen: Paintings Calligraphy and Ceramics from the Riva Lee Asbell Collection, Morikami Museum, 2011.

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