Rare, well documented collaboration tea bowl by 19th century poet nun Ōtagaki Rengetsu and Kyōto potter Issō. The tea bowl has been hand-modeled by Issō. The leather hard bowl was then incised by Rengetsu with one of her own poems and glazed afterwards. The tea bowl comes with the old original, fitted wooden box, which has been inscribed, signed (Rengetsu and Issō) and sealed (only Issō). Rengestu also wrote her poem inside the box's lid and added a small painting of a chrysanthemum flower that is floating on water - an image referring to the poem in her fluid, elegant handwriting:
A pure name
flows throughout the world
as the Japanese spirit and
water flowing under chrysanthemums.
A quite similar collaboration tea bowl of Issō and Rengetsu has been published in the National Gallery of Australia's exhibition catalog
Black Robe, White Mist: Art of the Japanese Buddhist Nun Rengetsu, National Gallery of Australia (2007), p. 62.
The inscription by Issō reads: Rengetsu chawan, heian Issō
zukuri ('Rengetsu tea bowl, made by Kyōto [potter] Issō').
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