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Tea bowl with design of mountain retreat, mid 18th century. Ogata Ihachi (Kyoto Kenzan II, act. 1720-1760). Edo period. Buff clay; white slip, iron and cobalt pigments under transparent glaze; gold lacquer repairs. H: 7.3 W: 10.0 cm. Kyoto, Japan. The poem reads: "In tranquility, the universe is great." The conflation of a vast entity with a small bounded space is a common theme in Zen poetry, and ultimately derives from the early and influential Daoist test Zhuangzi (ca. 3d century B.C.E.).