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    Here we can see a small tea-kaddy, a vessel for storage of tea blend. It is accomplished in a reserved, almost ascetic manner using coloured clays and the porcelain. It is concerned with the Syghio's poem, dedicated to dramatic fate of Sunakuto-no-ason, a well-known poet of Haiun age. There are many literary sources to give us knowledge of the circumstances of his life,(especially the "Notes from the bolster" by Sey-Senagon), that helps us to imagine his personality almost as vividly, as the contemoraries of the poet could - a carefree life at the court, poetry, an unexpected quarrel - and death in exile. The syllabic inscription "susuki grass" is appurtenant to the author"s comment to the poem, written in prose. Comments like this are the important part of the japanese poetry, so we have to reproduce it:

    While travelling to Mitinoku I saw a high burial hill afield. Who is buried here - I asked. "A certain courtier" - was the reply. What courter? Tell me exactly! - "Sunakuto-no-ason". It was in the dead of winter; dimly appeared white stalks of susuki grass, covered with hoar-frost, and I meditated in grief:

    No heritage,
    But an immortal name -
    The only thing to survive.
    This withered stalks of grass
    As a memorial gift.
    Syghio





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