Otagaki Rengetsu | Gigantic Sake Bottle

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Among her various creations, Rengetsu is perhaps best known for the exquisite vessels that she crafted for both the sencha and the chanoyu traditions of tea drinking. However, she also created a great number of bottles, flasks and cups for another beverage – sake. As with her other ceramics, Rengetsu’s sake wares are adorned with her poems inscribed in her exquisite calligraphy, resonating playfully with the mood of sake drinking.

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Fine sake
in balance
becomes an elixir
for perpetual youth
and long life.

 

うまざけの
みわのすぎずば
是ぞこの
不老不死の
くすりならまし

Dated 1873

Height 23 cm (9 in.)

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