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Otagaki Rengetsu, Japanese, (1791–1875)
Sake Bottle, c. 1840
Glaze on ceramic
9 1/2 x 7 in. (24 x 18 cm)

Object Type: Ceramic
Technique: Thrown
Period: Edo, Late (1789-1868)
Credit Line: Purchase, Scripps Collectors' Circle
Accession Number: 2019.21.4

Rengetsu is perhaps best known for crafting vessels of many kinds, including saké, which is a popular Japanese rice wine. The artist also carved her refined calligraphy poems into many of her wares, and this particular one is a playful homage to the humble beverage:

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

Object Description
A short-necked, hefty, round-bellied bottle with heavy, milky-gray glaze, chipped in places and covered with dark calligraphy.

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