Kenzan-style food dish with design of plum, late 18th to early 19th century. Kyoto workshop, Kenzan style. Edo period. Buff clay; white slip, iron pigment, and enamels under transparent glaze. H: 5.2 W: 13.3 cm. Kyoto, Japan.
Kenzan-style tea bowl with design of plum blossoms | Ogata Kenzan (1643-1743) | Red earthenware with white slip and iron pigment under transparent lead glaze | Meiji era | late 19th century | Gift of Charles Lang Freer | Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery | F1900.74
Tea bowl with design of mountain retreat, mid 18th century. Ogata Ihachi (Kyoto Kenzan II, act. 1720-1760). Edo period. Buff clay; white slip, iron and cobalt pigments under transparent glaze; gold lacquer repairs. H: 7.3 W: 10.0 cm. Kyoto, Japan. The poem reads: "In tranquility, the universe is great." The conflation of a vast entity with a small bounded space is a common theme in Zen poetry, and ultimately derives from the early and influential Daoist test Zhuangzi (ca. 3d century B.C.E.)