Flower basket

Detail of a pattern
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At A Glance

  • Period

    ca. 1951
  • Geography

    Sakai, Osaka-fu, Japan
  • Material

    Bamboo and lacquer
  • Dimension

    H x W x D: 49 x 22.7 x 21.9 cm (19 5/16 x 8 15/16 x 8 5/8 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Artist

    Tanabe Chikuunsai II 田辺竹雲斎 (1910-2000)
  • Description

    A tall flower basket, with a fixed, arched handle attached to the flared rim. The square sides taper to a narrow, flat base. Although tightly woven of very thin strips of bamboo, much of the basket has an open weave pattern, somewhat like a wicker weave. The basket does have other woven decorative elements, however; most notable are the circular and knotted patterns on the handle. Accompanying the basket is a plain, cylindrical bamboo liner which fits inside. Both the basket and the liner are coated with a dark, brownish-red material, presumed to be lacquer.
  • Signatures

    Signed on the base.
  • Inscriptions

    An English-language inscription on the inside of the box lid explains that the basket was chosen by the mayor of Kyoto in 1951 to be presented to an American woman in appreciation for her service to the city.
  • Collection

    National Museum of Asian Art Collection
  • Origin

    Sakai, Osaka-fu, Japan
  • Credit Line

    Purchase — Smithsonian Unrestricted Trust Funds
  • Type

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