What is written on my pot?


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What is written on my pot?

Postby Marco » Oct 23rd, '10, 08:24

Hello all,

asked that in the yixing thread already so I will just put a link to it.
http://www.teachat.com/viewtopic.php?f=36&t=11539&view=unread#p172887

I would really like to know what is written on this pot. Perhaps someone can help me.

thanks
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Re: What is written on my pot?

Postby Kaja2737 » Nov 20th, '10, 18:50

Hello, I would also like to ask somebody to translate the text written on this gaiwan:
http://cgi.ebay.com/Tea-Culture-Chinese ... 3a4de5f222
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Re: What is written on my pot?

Postby gingkoseto » Nov 21st, '10, 13:42

Marco, I didn't find your teapot on that page :oops:

Kaja, I know printed Chinese characters but characters in many calligraphy styles are unknown to me. The style on this gaiwan is one that's relatively unfamiliar to me :oops: I could only recognize some characters. But then I happen to know this poem :D I have to say the poem is much more interesting than the calligraphy on this gaiwan :P

The poem is by Tang Yin (唐寅),a Ming dynasty intellectual, painter, poet and calligrapher. His works are very rare today. The poem is from this painting of his:
http://pica.nipic.com/2008-07-30/2008730172648375_2.jpg
(The painting is too wide to post)

I can't really translate a poem. But the lines are roughly like: This is what he does in such a long day: holding a chawan and drink alone. Sitting by the south window, he enjoys having the breeze running through his hairs.

This "he" is the guy in the painting, who is a friend of Tang Yin's and has an interesting name that happens to mean "drink tea". So the painting and poem are portrait of this man, as well as about "drink tea" :D
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Re: What is written on my pot?

Postby Kaja2737 » Nov 21st, '10, 17:12

Thanks, Gingko! It's very interesting and I like the poem :) Thanks again!
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Re: What is written on my pot?

Postby Marco » Nov 22nd, '10, 17:46

gingkoseto wrote:Marco, I didn't find your teapot on that page :oops:


ups I am really bad in putting up a correct link - so I think this is it:
http://www.teachat.com/viewtopic.php?f=36&t=11539&start=285#p172887 -- It is on page 20 - posted on the 9th of October

Would be great if you could translate the lines for me - hope they are good to see.

ciao
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Re: What is written on my pot?

Postby gingkoseto » Nov 22nd, '10, 20:05

Marco wrote:
gingkoseto wrote:Marco, I didn't find your teapot on that page :oops:


ups I am really bad in putting up a correct link - so I think this is it:
http://www.teachat.com/viewtopic.php?f=36&t=11539&start=285#p172887 -- It is on page 20 - posted on the 9th of October

Would be great if you could translate the lines for me - hope they are good to see.

ciao
Marco

Oh I see your teapot this time :D
The stamp is "Zha Juying Made". The craftswoman (I guess it's a woman :D ) has a family name Zha (查), and first name Juying (菊英).
The lines on the teapot says, Appreciate this moon which is the same one seen in Ming and Qing dynasties. Appreciate this pine which was planted in ancient time. (That's a very sketchy translation :mrgreen: )
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Re: What is written on my pot?

Postby Marco » Nov 23rd, '10, 16:24

Thank you ginkoseto - you are great :)

Yes it is a craftswoman. I attach a picture of a booklet that was with the pot. And there even was a photo of the artist with this pot included - lovely detail :)
Nice poetry on the pot - A great language that can say so much in so little lines.
Thank you very much for the translation.
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