H. 14 in. (35.6 cm); W. 21 in. (53.3 cm); D. 21 in. (53.3 cm)
Promised Gift of Diane and Arthur Abbey
Not on view
Monden Kōgyoku, an artist who has had a long and prestigious career, created this undulating sculptural work using the “rolling-weave” (uneri-ami) technique. For two decades after World War II, during a period of economic turmoil, the artist made thousands of utilitarian baskets for wholesalers.
A local department store manager, learning of his reputation, invited him to present an exhibition of flower baskets, launching his career as a bamboo artist. Kōgyoku, who lives near Hiroshima, became an active leader of bamboo art in his prefecture and has been a full member of the Japan Art Crafts Association since 1991.
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. "Beyond Basketry: Japanese Bamboo Art," August 19, 2006–July 11, 2007.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Designing Nature: The Rinpa Aesthetic in Japanese Art," May 26, 2012–January 13, 2013.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Japanese Bamboo Art: The Abbey Collection," June 13, 2017–February 4, 2018.
Artist: Date: late 11th to early 12th century Accession Number: 2015.300.251a, b Date: late 11th to early 12th centuryMedium: Lacquered and gilded Japanese cypressAccession: 2015.300.251a, bOn view in:Gallery 224