Flower Basket (Tamasudare-ami hanakago)

Yamamoto Chikuryūsai I Japanese

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Like many bamboo masters of the period, Yamamoto Chikuryūsai was influenced by literati culture and the sencha tea ceremony, as seen in this finely plaited flower basket. It is made with thin strips of timber bamboo woven into “beaded bamboo blind” plaiting (tamasudare-ami)—derived from a Chinese-style (karamono) rattan technique—and finished with a coat of lacquer. An Osaka-based disciple of Wada Waichisai I, Chikuryūsai participated in the Domestic Industrial Expositions and exhibited abroad as well, receiving awards at the 1925 Paris Exposition, the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair, and the 1937 Exposition Internationale des Arts et Techniques dans la Vie Moderne, Paris. He was also one of the first bamboo craftsmen whose work was admitted to the government-sponsored Teiten exhibition, in 1929—a key development in modern bamboo craft.

Flower Basket (Tamasudare-ami hanakago), Yamamoto Chikuryūsai I (Japanese, 1868–1945), Timber bamboo, rattan, and lacquer, Japan

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