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Five sweets baskets
初代早川尚古斎作 盛籃
Place of Origin: Japan, Osaka, Kansai region
Date: 1885
Materials: Bamboo (madake) and rattan; hemp leaf plaiting, hexagonal plaiting, twining, twill plaiting, bundled plaiting, circular plaited base
Dimensions: H. 3 1/2 in x Diam. 4 in, H. 8.9 cm x Diam. 10.2 cm
Credit Line: Lloyd Cotsen Japanese Bamboo Basket Collection
Department: Japanese Art
Collection: Decorative Arts
Object Number: 2006.3.289.a-.e
On Display: No

Description

Label:

Hayakawa Shokosai I was the first Japanese bamboo artist to sign his work and a leader of his day.

Many of Shokosai I's works were made for use in the practice of sencha, a type of tea ceremony that was especially popular in Osaka in the 1800s. In sencha, roasted green tea leaves are steeped in a small teapot. The infusion is then drunk from tiny cups. Shokosai's elegant miniature baskets, each executed with a different technique in the intricate Chinese mode, would have been the perfect dishes for presenting delicate tea sweets to accompany this beverage.

The Way of Sencha is somewhat different from the better-known Way of Tea called chanoyu, which uses powdered green tea whipped in large teabowls.


More Information

Marks: Shokosai
Exhibition History: Masters of Bamboo: Japanese Baskets and Sculpture from the Cotsen Collection, Hambrecht gallery, 2/2/2007 - 5/6/2007
Label:

Hayakawa Shokosai I was the first Japanese bamboo artist to sign his work and a leader of his day.

Many of Shokosai I's works were made for use in the practice of sencha, a type of tea ceremony that was especially popular in Osaka in the 1800s. In sencha, roasted green tea leaves are steeped in a small teapot. The infusion is then drunk from tiny cups. Shokosai's elegant miniature baskets, each executed with a different technique in the intricate Chinese mode, would have been the perfect dishes for presenting delicate tea sweets to accompany this beverage.

The Way of Sencha is somewhat different from the better-known Way of Tea called chanoyu, which uses powdered green tea whipped in large teabowls.


Marks: Shokosai
Exhibition History: Masters of Bamboo: Japanese Baskets and Sculpture from the Cotsen Collection, Hambrecht gallery, 2/2/2007 - 5/6/2007