Artist: Hiroshima Kazuo 廣島一夫 (Japan, 1915-2013)
Historical period(s)
Heisei era, 1995
Bamboo and vine
H x Diam: 10.5 x 59 cm (4 1/8 x 23 1/4 in)
Japan, Miyazaki prefecture, Hinokage
Credit Line
Gift of Nakamura Kunio
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Tool and Equipment


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

A chaff sieve was used for separating husked rice grains (momi) from husks and debris or for cleaning other grains and beans (such as wheat, barley, millet, azuki beans, and soybeans) of their husks or dried pods. After being sorted with this sieve, the grain was further processed using a winnow. Mr. Hiroshima learned to make this implement during his apprenticeship.

It has a precisely spaced open weave in the center panel. The size of the mesh is expressed in the traditional measurement of bu (3.03 millimeters). All such sieving baskets are painstaking to produce and require special tools.

Published References
  • Louise Allison Cort. Twentieth-century Asian Crafts in the Sackler Gallery. vol. XLIII no. 3. p. 19, fig. 5.
Collection Area(s)
Contemporary Art, Japanese Art
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