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    Masters of Bamboo

    Masters of Bamboo: Japanese Baskets and Sculpture from the Cotsen Collection
    (February 2–May 6, 2007)

    Connoisseurs and collectors have long regarded Japanese bamboo baskets as art objects of great sophistication and beauty. In 2002, the Asian Art Museum acquired almost nine hundred objects from the Lloyd Cotsen Japanese Bamboo Basket Collection, recognized as one of the largest and most notable collections of its kind in the world. This exhibition featured approximately seventy artworks from the collection—some created by masters designated in Japan as “Living National Treasures”—offering visitors a revealing look at their extraordinary beauty and intricate craftsmanship, as well as the historical and cultural importance of this unique art form.

    Masters of Bamboo: Japanese Baskets and Sculpture from the Cotsen Collection was organized by the Asian Art Museum.

    Artist: Morigami Jin
    Date Made: approx. 1999
    Materials: Bamboo (madake) and rattan, selected techniques: openwork twining, twill plaiting, hexagonal plaiting base
    Object Number: 2006.3.37
    Artist: Iizuka Hosai I
    Date Made: approx. 1870-1910
    Materials: Bamboo (madake), selected techniques: twill plaiting, diamond twill base
    Object Number: 2006.3.49
    Artist: Wada Waichisai III
    Date Made: approx. 1900-1933
    Materials: Bamboo (smoked madake [susutake]) and rattan, selected techniques: square plaiting
    Object Number: 2006.3.18
    Artist: Iizuka Rokansai
    Date Made: 1912-1934
    Materials: Bamboo (nemagari dake and smoked nemagari dake [hobichiku]) and rattan, selected techniques: square plaiting
    Object Number: 2006.3.21
    Artist: Maeda Chikubosai II
    Date Made: 1926-2000
    Historical Period: Showa period (1926-1989)
    Materials: Bamboo (madake) and rattan, selected techniques: comb plaiting (thousand-line construction), square plaiting, circular plaited base (inside), chrysanthemum plaited base (variant; underside)
    Object Number: 2006.3.34
    Artist: Tanaka Kosai
    Historical Period: Showa period (1926-1989)
    Materials: Bamboo (madake) and rattan, selected techniques: twill plaiting (variant), checkered plaiting (ichimatsu ami), bundled plaiting
    Object Number: 2006.3.8
    Place of Origin: Japan
    Artist: Hayakawa Shokosai IV
    Date Made: approx. 1945-1975
    Materials: Bamboo (probably smoked nemagari dake [hobichiku] variety); hexagonal plaiting (and variants)
    Object Number: 2006.3.14
    Artist: Yamashita Kochikusai
    Date Made: 1912-1947
    Historical Period: Taisho period (1912-1926)-Showa period (1926-1989)
    Materials: Bamboo (madake and smoked nemagari dake [hobichiku]) and rattan, selected techniques: compound lozenge plaiting (variant), twining, chrysanthemum base plaiting
    Object Number: 2006.3.5
    Artist: Yufu Chikuryu
    Date Made: approx. 1925-1987
    Materials: Bamboo (madake), selected techniques: bamboo rope, irregular plaiting
    Object Number: 2006.3.218
    Artist: Sugita Jozan
    Date Made: approx. 1998
    Materials: Bamboo (madake) and rattan, selected techniques: hexagonal plaiting, hemp leaf plaited base
    Object Number: 2006.3.265
    Artist: Hayashi Shogetsusai
    Date Made: after 1945
    Historical Period: Showa period (1926-1989)
    Materials: Bamboo (nemagari dake, smoked nemagari dake [hobichiku]) and rattan, selected techniques: bent bamboo, chrysanthemum base (variant)
    Object Number: 2006.3.291
    Place of Origin: Japan
    Artist: Hayakawa Shokosai I
    Date Made: 1885
    Materials: Bamboo (madake) and rattan; hemp leaf plaiting, hexagonal plaiting, twining, twill plaiting, bundled plaiting, circular plaited base
    Object Number: 2006.3.289.a-.e
    Artist: Noguchi Ranposai
    Date Made: approx. 1998
    Materials: Bamboo (madake) and rattan, selected techniques: thousand-line construction, chrysanthemum base plaiting
    Object Number: 2006.3.506
    Artist: Torii Ippo
    Date Made: 1998
    Materials: Bamboo (madake) and rattan, selected techniques: thousand-line construction (variant; mist band construction [kasumi awase gumi])
    Object Number: 2006.3.507
    Artist: Kawashima Shigeo
    Date Made: dated 1999
    Materials: Bamboo (madake), wood, and cotton string, selected techniques: irregular plaiting and knotting
    Object Number: 2006.3.508