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This large Zenga chawan is glazed in a rich Oribe with a panel of ash clear glaze on which Kasumi Bunsho brushed “Don’t Know” and his full signature, Myoshin Abbot Jishunken with various seals. The Mino tradition chawan was made by Hayashi Ryouji of the Souzan kiln to act as the platform for Bunsho’s idiosyncratic and spontaneous calligraphy. This chawan is large and well potted with a wonderful clay body and well addressed surface, mikomi tea pool and kodai foot.
Kasumi Bunsho (1905-1998) is considered one of the most important 20th century Japanese Zen Buddhist calligraphers and his pottery work is rare and highly sought after. Kasumi was the 642nd abbot of the Myoshin-ji temple, also famous for previous abbots, Nakahara Nantembo and Deiryu. Kasumi followed in the footsteps of both previous abbots and was a rather prolific calligrapher, rarely decorating pottery of which this is an excellent, late and mature work.
This chawan is in mint, unused condition and comes complete with its signed box and stamped cloth. The chawan is large and measures 5.75” x 4” and has a wonderful presence in the hand and at rest. A similar example sold by a Zen specialist sold for $2200 and was a bit smaller. All in all, an excellent example of Zenga and the art of modern Japanese pottery.