Shin Murata - Rice Bowls with Iroha Poem in Iron Brushwork (Set of 5), 2021

Shin Murata - Rice Bowls with Iroha Poem in Iron Brushwork (Set of 5), 2021

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Hand-made by the artist, 2021
Ceramic
6.5 x 11.5 x 11.5 cm  | 2.6 x 4.5 x 4.5 in each 
Unique in series 

Item: 62690

いろは Iroha:The Iroha is a Japanese poem, containing each character of the Japanese “alphabet” exactly once. Believed to have been composed in the Heian Period (794–1179), it has a very likely Buddhist origin. One translation, by Prof. Ryuichi Abe, an authority on Japanese religions at Harvard University: “Although its scent still lingers on/ the form of a flower has scattered away /For whom will the glory/ of this world remain unchanged?/ Arriving today at the yonder side/ of the deep mountains of evanescent existence/ We shall never allow ourselves to drift away/ intoxicated, in the world of shallow dreams.”