Dimensions: 2 7/8 x 5 1/16 x 4 13/16 inches (7.3 x 12.8 x 12.3 cm)
Acquired through the generosity of Ellen Avril
Object Number: 2007.014.001
Otagaki Rengetsu lived in Kyoto, a flourishing pottery-making center. She created her own hand-built vessels and decorated them with incised or inscribed calligraphy, often her waka poems. Typically Rengetsu relied on nearby potters to fire her pieces and sometimes, as with this bowl, she inscribed vessels made by other potters, such as Kuroda Koryo, with whom she often collaborated.
The inscription reads:
In the distant future I see the waxing of two leaves; foretelling happiness. Rengetsu
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