Storage basket for dried sardines

Artist: Hiroshima Kazuo 廣島一夫 (Japan, 1915-2013)
Historical period(s)
Heisei era, 1995
Bamboo and vine
H x W x D: 48 x 49 x 43.5 cm (18 7/8 x 19 5/16 x 17 1/8 in)
Japan, Miyazaki prefecture, Hinokage
Credit Line
Gift of Nakamura Kunio
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view


bamboo, basket, fish, Heisei era (1989 - present), Japan
Provenance information is currently unavailable

According to traditional Japanese measure, a lidded container of this size holds one "kan" of dried sardines (3.75 kilograms).  Hung from the ceiling in the kitchen or storeroom, the basket could also be used for storing other foodstuffs.  The three strips that make up the strong handle are secured with wild "tzuzura" vine.

Mr. Hiroshima learned this shape during his apprenticeship in 1930-32 with Kudo Masanori; this lidded container takes two days to complete.  The cost in 1932 was 1 yen 20 sen (100 sen equal 1 yen); by 1942, Mr. Hiroshima was charging 5 yen; in 1987, he charged 10,000 yen.

Published References
  • Thomas Lawton, Thomas W. Lentz. Beyond the Legacy: Anniversary Acquisitions for the Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. vol. 1 Washington, 1998. p. 100.
Collection Area(s)
Contemporary Art, Japanese Art
Web Resources
Whistler's Neighborhood
Google Cultural Institute
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