Condition: Excellent

Japanese Story Tellers (Otafuku and Hakuin)

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

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