Burl wood pine (matsu) and calligraphy
Meiji-Taisho period, ca. 1900-1926
30 x 38 x 5 (H) cm
This object has all the qualities cherished by Japanese scholars. On the front of the object, there is a fascinating landscape of the growth rings of an ancient burl wood pine. On the back, several poems are engraved in calligraphy: ” Karakumo no matsu no katami no hodoki tote, cha wo niru tabi ni matsukaze zo kiku “, “Whenever I boil the tea in the hope of loosening the hardness of Tangyun pine, I hear the wind languishing.” The storage box, awasebako, tells us that this is a very old pine wood from Karasaki in neighboring Kyoto (Shiga prefecture) “Karasaki matsu kozai obon” and that this dish belonged the famous nihonga painter Yamamoto Shunkyo (1871-1933) when he lived in the “Reed flowers in shallow water villa“, “roka sensu iso” on the banks of Biwa Lake, one of the most beautiful properties in the Taisho period (1912-1926).