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Updated: 14 April 2015
Diamond-shaped pierced flower basket. Woven bamboo with bamboo strips.
- Made in: Kyoto-shi
- Height: 24 centimetres
- Diameter: 32.8 centimetres
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.
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’
Credit Line: Purchase funded by Noriko and Shigeru Myōjin and Dounia and Sherif Nadar
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Object reference number: JCR22618
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