Hakuin, a Zen Buddhist Monk/Abbot (1769) was known for his artistry. He felt his artwork brought him enlightenment and often used Otafuku (also known as Okame) in his creations, and whom he felt was a messenger to teach the precepts of Zen. Hakuin likened her to an incarnation of Kannon, the Bodhisattva of compassion. Otafuku remains one of Japan’s least analyzed yet beguiling figures. She is every woman, a source of generosity, a fertility symbol; her essence is goodwill, affirmation and delight, and she is thought to bestow pleasure, success and well-being, and to grant wishes.
Here, Hakuin is paired with his companion, offering Otafuku a peach ( a symbol of wisdom), sharing his thoughts, songs and stories, and Otafuku smiling, with a dog on her knee. This pair touches the soul of a collector for it offers an irresistible and universal message of sharing. Both pieces are in perfect condition with an exceptional green/gray glazing. Approximate age: 1850’s
Otafuku’s Dimensions: 5-1/4”h x 4-0”w x 5 -3/4”d
Hakuin’s Dimensions: 6-1/2”h x 5-0”w x 3-3/4”d
Excellent Condition- In unused, or like-unused condition. No visual or structural or surface wear or damage shown. Pristine. As good as the day it was made.
Great Condition- Appears in slightly used condition but looks "Like New". Some minor wear, but retains the original craft/workmanship. May show minor wear, that does not affect the main design, or associated motif. No cracks, dents, chips or missing elements.
Good Condition- Minor wear which can be restored or repaired; may have surface flaws, like staining or soiling, confined to a small area. The flaw(s) are counterbalanced by another feature, like brilliant color or innovative design. Some fading or the piece may have been altered in some fashion.
Fair Condition- Main aesthetic/design showing damage. Excessive noticeable wear or damage. Worth buying if can be restored/repaired because of its aesthetic or design appeal or rarity. Note: wear/damage consistent with age/use can often enhance the 'Antique' qualities of a piece, giving it a desirable second chance in one's collection