Flower Basket (Hanakago)

Maeda Chikubōsai II Japanese

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Maeda Chikubōsai II is perhaps best known for his layered structures and complex surfaces, as seen in this extravagant flower basket. He apprenticed with his renowned father in Osaka before World War II. He began exhibiting at the Nitten exhibitions in 1953 but eventually found the Japanese Traditional Art Craft exhibitions a better platform for his vision and switched over in 1959. In addition to modern baskets made from round strips of bent-and-gathered bamboo, Chikubōsai II produced baskets for the sencha tea ceremony, continuing this Osaka basketry tradition. One of his flower baskets earned a prize at the 1972 Traditional Art Craft exhibition, and in 1995 he became the third bamboo artist to be named a Living National Treasure.

Flower Basket (Hanakago), Maeda Chikubōsai II (Japanese, 1917–2003), Timber bamboo, rattan, and lacquer, Japan

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