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A pair of Futaoki lid rests for use ing the Japanese Tea Ceremony decorated with the Kao signature in red of Kasumi Bunsho enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The signature on each is very different, one from his years at Myoshinji Temple, the other from before that. Each is roughly 2 inches (5 cm) diameter and in excellent condition. For a nearly identical set see “Zenmi, A Taste of Zen” (2012) Morikami Museum publication from the Riva Lee Asbell collection, p. 115.
Kasumi Bunsho (1905-1988) Born in Gifu, he became head priest of Kaiseiji (formerly headed by Nakahara Nantenbo 1839-1925, at that time closed) in 1943, and re-opened the temple in 1949. In 1990 he was appointed Abbot of Myoshinji Temple. He also used the names Dainan, Nan-in, Nanyo and Katsuun. He was strongly influenced by both Nantenbo and Kutsu Deiryu.