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Otagaki Rengetsu 'My thoughts' tea bowl [chawan] c.1870 glazed stoneware, incised calligraphy Hamilton Art Gallery. Gift of Geoff Handbury. Photograph In Brilley

 

Otagaki Rengetsu and Isso (potter’s seal)
'My thoughts' tea bowl [chawan] c.1870
glazed stoneware, incised calligraphy
4.0 x 12.0 cm
Hamilton Art Gallery. Gift of Geoff Handbury.
Photograph Ian Brilley

My thoughts
I’ll make that frog there
sing them
unspoken colours appear
on the gorge’s yamabuki flowers.

(trans. Sayumi Takahashi)