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Iizuka Rokansai 1927 Madake bamboo
13 1/2 x 8 1/4 x 7 1/2 in ( 34.4×21.3×19.0 cm)Collection of Minka, The House of Japan, Museum of Modern Art,Buenos Aires. Argentina
The base uses gozame-ami (mat plaiting) while the sidesuse yotsume-ami (square plaiting). Utilizing the same techniques as are to be seen in the covered box in plate3 and the flower basket in plate 5, this work can be said to be typical of the Iizuka family It is extremely difficult to produce a flat baseusing gozame-ami, so generally diagonal strips are introduced. However, this workdoes not utilize these, underscoring the skill of theartist. In creating this basket, Rokansai has used pairsof very thin strips of bamboo in a very rough weave,and together with a namesake in plate 35 it representsa typical example of his so (imfomal) style. This workwas produced when the artist was thirty-seven yearsold and was xhibited at the Iizuka Rokansai Bamboo Craft Exhibition in 1927at the Mitsukoshi Department Store a Nihonbashi, Tokyo.

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Yanagishita Shoho 1967
Madake bamboo, rattan. and lacquer
6 1/4 X l2 1/2X16 1/2 in(l5.8x32.0x42.0 cm)
Collection of the National Museum of Modern Art. Kyoto
This Work, which won the Excellence Award (Asahi shimbun prize) at the 14th Exhibition of Japanese TraditionalArt Crafts (Nihon Dento Kogeien) in 1967, was Shoho’sfirst entry in the event; he was thirty-seven years old at the time and still worked under the name of Shokan. To create variety, the base of the basket uses ajiro-ami (twill plaiting),the sides use yotsume-am1 (Square Plaiting), and the rim uses nawame-ami (twining). After weaving, the basket was dyed and finished in lacquer- The name derives from its gently curved shape, which brings to mind a clear autumn breeze.
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"SHIME" (BUNDLE), FLOWER BASKET WITH HANDLE

Iizuka Rokansai 1935
Madake bamboo and nemagaridake bamboo
7 1/4 x11 1/2x 9 1/2 in (18.2×29.73×24.0cm)

Collection of Minka, The House of Japan, Museum of Modern Art,Buenos Aires. Argentina

The base uses asanoha-ami (hemp leaf plaiting) while the sides use ajiro-ami (twill plaiting).The weave is dense at the bottom but opens in the upper in the half,demonstratig the artist's consummate skill.
Another work in Rokansai's so(informal)style,the basket was produced when he was produced when he was forty-five

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FLOWER BASKET

Iizuka Shokansai

Date unknown
Madake bamboo and rattan
11 1/2×10×Lo in (29.0×25.5×25,5cm)
Collection of Iizuka Mari

This basket uses eight bundles of fourteen strips of masawari (see plate 4).
Shokansai wove it very carefully from the base to the rim without adding new strips and ignoring node placement.

He inherited this demanding technique from his father,Rokansai. In this work, his design allows for  eight well-balanced windows.

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Tanaka Kosai 1974
Madake bamboo and rattan
9×13 in (23.0×3.0 cm)
Collection of Minka. The House of Japan, Museum of Modern Art Buenos Aires, Argentina
Mr. Moroyma Commented that through the use of very fine bamboo strips, themethod of weaving, and the gentle swelling of die form toward the base,
Kosaiwas striving to produce a lightness and delicacy similar to that of thin fabric. There is a strong sense of elegance and
calm, possibly an influence of Kosaisinterest in die tea ceremony.

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Sato chikuyusai1920

Madake bamboo, rattan, and lacquer
19×10 1/2in (48.3×26.8cm)
Collection of Minka. The House of japan, Museum of modern Art, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Chikuyusai produced large numbers of qualityflower baskets in Beppu, OitaPrefecture, where quality basket were made but in this one he adopted a classic Style of vase; the mouth is a bit wider thanusual and the sides of the body display a gentle Curve, Producing a relaxed feel. The wide handle, comprising two strips of bamboo bound together,create a nice balance withthe body
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FLOWER BASKET WITH HANDLE

Iizuka Rokansaic, 1945
Madake bamboo,nemagaridake bamboo,rattan,and lacquer
19 1/2× 9 1/2 ×9 1/2in (49.5×24.1×24.1 cm)
Lloyd Coten Japanese Bamboo Basket Collection at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco
In this work parallel rows of smoked madake bamboo strips have been boundto a rim with nemagaridake bamboo,then lacquered. This basket belongs to the "Senjo" series, which featured the senjo ("thousand-line construction; also sensuji) technique and was produced midway through Rokansai's career. These works had simple shapes, but his rhythmical used of the bamboo nodes and the high gloss of the lacquer finish imbue them with a modern feel that continues to attract people today.
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"KOZAN"(LAKE AND MOUNTAIN)BASKET

Oki Tshie 2005 madake bamboo, rattan, and lacquer

3 1/2×15×12 1/2 in (9.0×37.5×31.7cm)
This work received the Tokyo Metropolitan GovernmentBoard of Education Award at the 46fh Exhibition of
Tradidonal Art Crafts New Works Exhibition (Nihon Dento Kogei Shinsakuten) in 2005. The base of the interior represents water welling up to the surface of Lake Mashu, where it creates ripples. This is been expressed through the use of alternate bands of ajiro-ami (twill plaiting) and masu ajiro-ami (diamond twill plaiting), while the sides of the basket depict the mountains surrounding the lake. This is a beautifully made, elegant work, and great things Can be expected of this young artist in the future.

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"KUSUDAMA" (DECORATED BALL FOR CELEBRATION),FLOWER BASKET WITH HANDLE

Iizuka Rokansai
c. 1950Madake bamboo
17× 17 in (42.6×42.6cm)
Collection of Idemitsu Museum of Arts, Tokyo
In this work, the oil was removed from the bamboo, afterwhich it was split in half and flattened by pounding. Next,the top surface was split from the rear before being woveninto this shape. This work brings out the natural strengthand beauty of the material while its shape demonstrates the artists creativity, making it one of the most famous works ofRokansais later years.

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"DANCE," SCULPTURE

Honda Shoryu2000Madake bamboo, rattan, and artificial lacquer18x16x16in(46.0x41.0x41.0cm)
Private collection, courtesy of TAI Gallery, Santa FeBamboo strips-each V37 inch (0.7 millimeter) thick,
V25 inch (1 millimeter) wide, and 10 feet (3 meters)long-have been worked together to create a sculpture that expresses the exhilaration of dancing.
Beautiful nawame-ami (twining) has been utilized,taking advantage of the flexibility and spring ofthe bamboo to create this powerful work. The resultwas given a coating of lacquer to provide a glossand preserve the bamboo.

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FLOWER BASKET WITH HANDLE

Hayakawa Shokosai III 1917

Hobichiku bamboo and rattan
14 1/2 × 14 in (36.8×35.6cm)
Lloyd Cotsen Japanese Bamboo Basket Collection at Asian Art Museum of San Francisco
The body of this work consists of hobichiku bamboo that has been woven in a rough fashion using mutsume-ami (hexagonal plaiting), then a handle of unusually shaped bamboo, with a narrow interval between nodes, was handle is matched by the coarse body plaiting and the thickness of the rim, producing a well-balanced overall form. The work is finished in plum-sap varnish. This artist excelled at the use of coarse plaiting and unusually shaped bamboo, as can be seen in this work, which embodies his technical skill and artistic sense.

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Honma Kazuaki

1983Madake bamboo, rattan, and lacquer4x47 1/2×78 1/4 in (8.0×121.0×200.0cm)
Private collection


This work received the SpecialRecognition Award at the Japan Fine Arts Exhibition (Nitten) in 1983.Inspired by the fall colors of the autumn leaves when they turn fromred and gold, this work aims higher, striving to capture the fall colors asreflected in the flowing waters of a lake deep in the countryside.

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"HORAI" (UTOPIA), FLOWER BASKET

Iizuka Rokansai
Taisho Period (1912-26)
Madake bamboo, nemagaridake bamboo, rattan, and lacquer
16 1/4×13×9 1/2in(41.5×32.5×24.5cm)
Collection of Komagata Jukichi Memorial Museum

The handle and rim are made of smoked nemagaridake bamboo. The area immediately below the rim comprises sukashi ajiro-ami (twill openwork plaiting),
with strips of masawari (split at right angles to the surface), while the sides
consist of hirawari bamboo (split parallel to the surface) in gozame-ami (mat plaiting). The use of smoked nemagaridake bamboo in combination with masawari strips in this way is typical of the work of the Iizuka family. With an extraordinarily high degree of finish, this work is a good example of Rokansai’s "gyo " or "semi-formal" style.