K188 Frog Teapot by Ōtagaki Rengetsu 太田垣蓮月

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わやこ ち かふためそひ
蓮 竹かとめをよふずしきてへに
月   のた  ら や  て
る  ん

ひにそえて
めでたきふしや
かずふらん
千代をこめたる
宿の和歌竹
蓮月

hi ni soete
medetaki fushi ya
kazufuran
chiyo o kometaru
yado no waka take
Adding even more to this
auspicious day:
by my hermitage countless
young bamboo proliferate
in celebration of etenal life.
Rengetsu
Ōtagaki Rengetsu (太田垣蓮月, 1791-1875)
K188 yaki pottery with calligraphy, 5.3 cm × 10.3 cm × 9.4 cm.

 

Plum trees have the first flowers to bloom in spring, and once the lovely little (but very hardly) blossoms appear we know spring is coming no matter who cold and snowy it is outside. This may be the original badly worn mounting from the 17th century, but the brushwork remains bold, vital, and exuberant, and looks just as fresh as it was when it was created over 300 years ago.