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104. Kasumi Bunshô (1905-1998) and Tôan (from Higashiyama)
Chawan, tea bowl - Chisa, Wise man
Signed: Katsuun with Kaô
Seals: An
Technique: Ø 13 x 10.5
Box: signed: Kaisei Katsuun
Condition: fine

知者 Chisa, Wise man - Someone who can understand; someone who has knowledge. (Lewis 2-67)

Kasumi Bunshô, the 642nd abbot of Myôshin-ji, became a priest in 1921, but he only started his Zen training at Enpuku-ji temple at Yawata in 1933. In 1943 he became abbot at the Kaisei-ji temple in Nishomiya, the same temple where Nantembô and Deiryû resided before him. In 1949 he started his own dôjô, training hall, there and became shike, Zen master. In 1990 he was recommended to be 29th kanchô, chief abbot, of the Myôshin sect at Myôshin-ji, again following in the footsteps of Nantembô and Deiryû. In 1994 he retired.

Welch p.160
Dujin pp. 45-48, 86
Moog p. 32-33

The kyôyaki kiln Tôan was founded in 1922 in Higashiyama Senyuji, Kyoto. At first its main business was making tiles for the Tokyo National Museum.The second head Chikayoshi is known as a sculptor. The third family head Yoshihide studied sculpturing and glazing for a long time in Germany. Now Yoshiaki Dobuchi succeeded as the 4th family head of Tôan. By now Tôan is one of the biggest pottery brands in Kyoto.

Price: EUR 750 / USD 750