Tessai’s Portrait of Rengetsu

The Venerable Nun Rengetsu in her Hermitage in Shogon-in Village  by Tomioka Tessai
The Venerable Nun Rengetsu in her Hermitage in Shogo Village
by Tomioka Tessai

 

The Venerable Nun Rengetsu in her Hermitage in Shogo Village
by Tomioka Tessai

Rengetsu is depicted in her hermitage brushing a poem on a tanzaku, with her potter’s wheel to her right and her ceramic ware stacked on shelves in the hut next door. Shogo village is on the outskirts of Kyoto, home to Shogo-in temple, one of the main centers for yamabushi (mountain wizard) practice. The mountain village district surrounding the temple is considered sacred.

Leave a Reply