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Koro, incense container 

Otagaki Rengetsu  (1791-1875)

Ceramic, 9.5 x 8 cm. Wooden cover.

 

The poem reads:

ここを瀬と
きそひわたりし
武士の
名にながれたる
うぢの川水

Here in the shallows
warriors vied to cross
their names carried
to fame and oblivion
on the waters of Uji River.

Poet, calligrapher, painter and potter, Otagaki Rengetsu was a Japanese Buddhist nun and one of the few prominent Japanese female artists. Daughter of unknown parents, she was adopted by a samurai family and spent her childhood at Kameoka Castle as a courtesan until the age of 16; during her stay, Otagaki excelled in waka poetry, a Japanese classical verse particularly popular among women during the Edo period. After an unfortunate stage of her life in which both her husbands and her three infant children died, she decided to change life radically and during the night in which her last husband passed away, she cut off her hair and made clear that she would never marry again: at the age of 33 she became a nun of the Pure Land sect of Buddhism, taking the name “Rengetsu”, meaning Lotus Moon.

Despite the hardness of her life, she created a series of gently, lyrical and highly sophisticated paintings, embellished with refined verses inscribed in a fine calligraphy. In her poetry, Rengestu celebrates what she experienced in her daily life, combining the spiritual with the tangible but rarely using direct Buddhist references.

Koro for sale. Price on application. Please include item stock number: alt-1347

  • ここ
    [koko]

    nine

  • ここ
    個々
    [koko]

    individual; one by one; separate

  • ここ
    個個
    [koko]

    individual; one by one; separate

  • ここ
    此処
    [koko]

    here (place physically close to the speaker, place pointed by the speaker while explaining); this place; these last (followed by a duration noun and a past sentence: time period before the present time of the speaker)

  • ここ
    此所
    [koko]

    here (place physically close to the speaker, place pointed by the speaker while explaining); this place; these last (followed by a duration noun and a past sentence: time period before the present time of the speaker)

 

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