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Ryōan-ji Zenigata Chōzubachi, Japanese Tsukubai Water Basin


  • Ryōan-ji Zenigata Chōzubachi, Japanese Tsukubai Water Basin - YO03010179
  • Ryōan-ji Zenigata Chōzubachi, Japanese Tsukubai Water Basin - YO03010179
  • Ryōan-ji Zenigata Chōzubachi, Japanese Tsukubai Water Basin - YO03010179
  • Ryōan-ji Zenigata Chōzubachi, Japanese Tsukubai Water Basin - YO03010179
  • Ryōan-ji Zenigata Chōzubachi, Japanese Tsukubai Water Basin - YO03010179
  • Ryōan-ji Zenigata Chōzubachi, Japanese Tsukubai Water Basin - YO03010179
  • Ryōan-ji Zenigata Chōzubachi, Japanese Tsukubai Water Basin - YO03010179
  • Ryōan-ji Zenigata Chōzubachi, Japanese Tsukubai Water Basin - YO03010179
  • Ryōan-ji Zenigata Chōzubachi, Japanese Tsukubai Water Basin - YO03010179
  • Ryōan-ji Zenigata Chōzubachi, Japanese Tsukubai Water Basin - YO03010179

Item description - YO03010179
A Chōzubachi (手水鉢) is an ornamental water basin 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 before entering holy grounds such as Buddhist temples or Shinto shrines. The word Chōzubachi directly translates to: Water basin for the hands.

This Chōzubachi can beautifully be used in a traditional Tsukubai arrangement. In this authentic set-up, 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), while the stepping stone in the front is called Mae-ishi (前石). A stone Ikekomi lantern can also be placed behind the Chōzubachi together with a tree and various plants. Additionally, a Hishaku bamboo ladle and a water supplying Shishi Odoshi are frequently integrated in the arrangement.

The term Tsukubai is a conjugation of the verb Tsukubau (蹲う), which means to bow or to crouch down. This is not only in reference to how the arrangement is practically used, but also emphasizing the importance of humbleness. An aspect that can be considered the core of Japanese society and culture as a whole.

The Ryōan-ji (龍安寺) Chōzubachi is an example of a Zenigata (銭形) or coin shaped water basin. The name Ryōan-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, Aichi prefecture, Japan
• Material: Shirakawa Stone (白川石)
• Age: Meiji Period
• Special Characteristics: A hole was made in the waterreserve for a water supply or water drain

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Model: Length: Width: Height: Price:
YO03010179 54 cm 54 cm 28 cm Eur 2750.00

2750.00





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