High Tide Comes In (Shiomitsu)

Osumi Yukie 大角幸枝 Japanese

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This flower container has a uniquely formed mouth that imitates waves. The artist created the vessel’s shape by hammering, then inlaid the decoration to express light reflecting off water as the tide surges onto the shore. The ground metal was incised with a fine diagonal lattice of vertical and horizontal lines in a tri-directional crosshatching pattern to produce a cloth-like grain, then thin gold and lead sheets were inlaid through hammering. After graduating from the Faculty of Fine Arts at the Tokyo University of the Arts in 1969, Ōsumi studied under numerous famous masters. In 2015 she became the first woman metalwork artist designated a Living National Treasure, in recognition of her mastery of hammering (tankin).

High Tide Comes In (Shiomitsu), Osumi Yukie 大角幸枝 (Japanese, born 1945), Hammered silver with nunomezōgan (textile imprint inlay) in lead and gold, Japan

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