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Title

Flower Basket

Artist

Morita Chikuami (Japanese, 1877-1947)

Date

early 20th century

Medium

bamboo

Dimensions (H x W x D)

14 in x 13 in diam.

Inscriptions & Markings

signature: 竹阿弥作 (Made by Chikuami), incised into the bamboo, underside of basket

Collection Area

Asian Art

Category

Decorative Art

Baskets

Object Type

basket

Culture

Japanese

Credit Line

Museum Purchase: Diana Turner Memorial Fund

Accession Number

78.6.1A,B

Copyright

public domain

Terms

bamboo

baskets

Location

Belluschi Building

Hirsch Wing

1st Floor

Schnitzer Family Gallery

Description

Morita was a member of a respected family of artisans who specialized in working with bamboo. The shop founded by his grandfather in 1819 still stands on a busy street in Kyoto.

Chikuami was part of the generation that transformed bamboo weaving from craft into art. Although he never deviated from the tradition of making functional objects, his innovative techniques and use of materials won recognition at national competitive exhibitions and among foreign collectors.

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