Otagaki Rengetsu (1791-1875) - Inscribed sake cup
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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Earthenware: Pre 1900: Item # 1185578
76-16 Tenno-cho, Okazaki, Sakkyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8335
|A Rengetsu-yaki sake cup with a poem written in iron oxide by Otagaki Rengetsu. ''I walk along the shore trying to pick out jewels (words), Beautiful enough to describe the sight of the Autumn moon over Akashi Bay''. Rengetsu likens a walk along the seashore picking out colorful pebbles and shells, to picking out the right words to describe a beautiful scene, in this case the autumn moon over Akashi Bay in the Inland Sea. It would indeed be a delight to drink sake from this cup during autumn moon-viewing at Akashi Bay. The box is signed by Sasaki Hirotsuna (1828-1891), a poet and literary scholar. On the box, he has written one of his own poems: ''Look! At Sakazuki, In the moonlight, People look like Ancient trees''. The cup is being sent to Takanori-kun (one of Hirotsuna’s students?), and dated, autumn, Meiji 2 (1870). It is possible that Hirotsuna got this cup directly from Rengetsu Translation/commentary by John Stevens The cup has one chip which has been repaired with gold lacquer. 2.9 cm high and 6.5 cm in diameter (1.15'' by 2.5'').|