Song of the Daffodils Flower Basket (Hanakago)

Katsushiro Sōhō Japanese

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Growing up on a farm, Katsushiro Sōhō watched his father produce simple baskets for the local people during the winter months. He later lived with the bamboo craftsman Kikuchi Yoshii (active mid-twentieth century), who taught him the basics of basketry, before studying with Yagisawa Keizō (1927–2006), an acknowledged bamboo artisan. Sōhō supported himself by taking on agricultural work while producing commercial flower vases and brooches. He first gained recognition for his work in 1966, when one of his flower baskets won an award at the Tochigi Art Festival. After receiving several awards at the Japanese Traditional Art Crafts Exhibitions, he was honored with the title of Living National Treasure in 2005.

Song of the Daffodils Flower Basket (Hanakago), Katsushiro Sōhō (Japanese, born 1934), Dwarf bamboo and lacquer, Japan

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