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Japanese Meiji Tanba Vase with Otagaki Rengetsu Poem

Japanese Meiji Tanba Vase with Otagaki Rengetsu Poem


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Earthenware: Pre 1900: Item # 1267179

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Are you looking for something delicate and special - than feel free to enjoy this unique flower vase with a poem of Japans most famous poet Otagaki Rengetsu written on it.

This is a 120 year old vase made of Tanba ware. It is signed on the bottom by the artist. I was unable to identify his name.

For a Meiji Period piece of art the vase has a distinctive form and a brilliant atmosphere.

Otagaki Rengetsu (1791 – 1875) was a Buddhist nun who is widely regarded to have been one of the greatest Japanese poets of the 19th century. She was also a skilled potter and painter and expert calligrapher.

Born into a samurai family with the surname Todo, she was adopted at a young age by the Otagaki family. She was a lady in waiting at Kameoka Castle from age 7 to 16, when she was married. However, her husband died in 1823. Otagaki joined the temple Chion-in and became a nun, taking Rengetsu ("Lotus Moon") as her Buddhist name. She remained at Chion-in for nearly ten years, and lived in a number of other temples for the following three decades, until 1865, when she settled at the Jinko-in where she lived out the rest of her life.

Though best known as a waka poet, Rengetsu was also accomplished at dance, sewing, some of the martial arts, and Japanese tea ceremony. She admired and studied under a number of great poets including Ozawa Roan and Ueda Akinari, and later in her life became a close friend and mentor to the artist Tomioka Tessai. A number of Tessai's works, though painted by him, feature calligraphy by Rengetsu.

No repairs, chips or cracks.

Size: 6,5'' height, 6,2'' width, weight 900 gram.

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