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  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Diamond-shaped pierced flower basket. Woven bamboo with bamboo strips.

  • Producer name

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 2010
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 24 centimetres
    • Diameter: 32.8 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Hayakawa Shokosai V is the fifth generation in his family started in Osaka to make bamboo baskets, having succeeded his father in 1977. He was designated a ‘Living National Treasure’ by the Japanese Government in 2003 for his ‘bamboo craft’ (chiku kōgei) technique. Hayakawa, now lives and works in Kyoto, is the most famous bamboo artist from the area, the traditional centre for the craft, which was transmitted from China in the 18th century. He uses Chinese precedents but creates his own interpretations. This sculptural work was specifically made for the British Museum.


  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history


    2011 Jun-2011 Oct, BM Japanese Galleries, 'Japan from Prehistory to the Present'
    2012 Feb – Jun, BM Japanese Galleries, ‘Japan from Prehistory to the Present’

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  • Acquisition date


  • Acquisition notes

    Credit Line: Purchase funded by Noriko and Shigeru Myōjin and Dounia and Sherif Nadar

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