- Museum number
Two eel traps (unagi poppo), made of bamboo in tubular form. The stoppers are also the mouths of the traps and their lids. They are made of converging strips of bamboo cut to make arrow-shaped spikes. The main body of the traps are woven with strips 0.7cm wide and very thin strips at the base and close to the necks. The necks of the traps and rims of the lids are crudely reinforced with strips wound around the edge. Parallel to the length of the traps, a thin strip has been inserted into the weave to provide a handle to which a thin brown plastic cord is attached to secure the lids.
- Production date
Diameter: 6.60 centimetres (lid b)
Diameter: 6 centimetres (lid d)
Diameter: 8.70 centimetres (trap a)
Diameter: 8.70 centimetres (trap c)
Length: 17.50 centimetres (lid b)
Length: 17 centimetres (lid d)
Length: 58.70 centimetres (trap a)
Length: 59.30 centimetres (trap c)
Weight: 15 grammes (lid b)
Weight: 17 grammes (lid d)
Weight: 155 grammes (trap a)
Weight: 145 grammes (trap c)
- Curator's comments
- This type of trap was used mainly by children.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
Prior to donation to the BM, this item was part of the exhibition 'Rural crafts in Japan: bamboo, vine, wood and straw' on display at the Embassy of Japan, London, 6 Feb-5 Mar 2002, and Oxford Brookes University, 22 Mar-26 Apr 2002. This was part of the programme of the UK-wide festival, Japan 2001.
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Donated by Nakamura Kenji, through the intermediary of Felicity Wood, curator of the exhibition 'Rural crafts in Japan'.
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