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A tsutsu-gata chawan decorated with Nanten (Nandina) by Kasumi Bunsho enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 4-1/4 inches (11 cm) diameter, 3-1/2 inches (9 cm) tall and in excellent condition. For more on this artist see “Zenmi, A Taste of Zen” (2012) Morikami Museum publication from the Riva Lee Asbell collection
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.