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Japanese Chozubachi Tsukubai - Ryoan-ji Zenigata


  • Japanese Chozubachi Tsukubai - Ryoan-ji Zenigata - 0301-0065
  • Japanese Chozubachi Tsukubai - Ryoan-ji Zenigata - 0301-0065

Item description
A Chōzubachi (手水鉢) is an ornamental waterbassin found in the traditional Japanese garden. It is used for the ritual washing of the hands and rinsing of the mouth before a person is allowed to participate in the tea ceremony or enter holy grounds such as Buddhist temples or Shinto shrines. The literal translation of Chōzubachi is: hands waterbassin.

This Chōzubachi can perfectly be used in a traditional Tsukubai arrangement. This means that specific functional stones named Yaku-ishi (役石) are placed around the Chōzubachi. The stones placed on either side are called Teshoke-ishi (手燭石) and Yuoke-ishi (湯桶石). The stone in the front is called Mae-ishi (前石). Additionally, a stone Oribe lantern can be placed behind the Chōzubachi. A bamboo ladle or dipper is also a frequently seen item in the Tsukubai arrangement. The water supply of the Tsukubai can traditionally be arranged with a bamboo spout called Takekakehi (竹筧). The term Tsukubai originated from the Japanese verb Tsukubau (蹲う) which means to crouch down, an act of humbleness.

The Ryoan-ji (龍安寺) Chōzubachi is an example of a Zenigata (銭形) or coin shaped waterbassin. The name Ryoan-ji comes from the famous temple with the same name in Kyoto from where the type originated. The four characters on each side of the Chōzubachi all form a new character together with the hole in the middle which represents the Kanji of 口, which is read as Kuchi, meaning mouth or opening.

All the combinations are as follows:
• 1. 吾 (ware) meaning: I
• 2. 唯 (tada) meaning: only
• 3. 足 (taru) meaning: plenty
• 4. 知 (shiru) meaning: to know

These characters form a sentence together which roughly translates to: When you learn to be content with what you have, you are rich in spirit.

Specifications
• Origin: Nagoya
• Material: Shirakawa stone(白川石)
• Age: Meiji period

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Model: Length: Width: Height: Price:
0301-0065 47 cm 47 cm 23 cm Eur 950.00

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