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飯塚小玕斎造 「雲龍」白錆花籃
Dragon in the Clouds Flower Basket (Hanakago)

Artist:
Iizuka Shōkansai (Japanese, 1919–2004)
Period:
Heisei period (1989–present)
Date:
1990
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Timber bamboo
Dimensions:
H. 16 13/16 in. (42.7 cm); Diam. 24 3/16 in. (61.4 cm)
Classification:
Bamboo
Credit Line:
Promised Gift of Diane and Arthur Abbey
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 223
This large-scale, globular flower basket from 1990 represents a signature Iizuka family technique (tsubushi). The artist removes the oil from the timber bamboo, splits it in half, and then flattens it by pounding to render it more pliable. The straight pieces can then be manipulated into graceful curves. The technique highlights the natural beauty of the bamboo and makes visible reference to its famed resilience.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Japanese Bamboo Art: The Abbey Collection," June 13, 2017–February 4, 2018.