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.