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Basket - AUN II

AUN II

  • Object:

    Basket

  • Place of origin:

    Sakai (made)

  • Date:

    2014 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Tanabe, Shochiku (Mr), born 1973 (maker)

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased with the support of Christie's and many other donors

  • Museum number:

    FE.36-2014

  • Gallery location:

    Japan, Room 45, The Toshiba Gallery, case 15

Acquired from the exhibition ‘Zen by Shouchiku Tanabe’ at the gallery Pierre Marie Guiraud, Brussels, 7 March to 5 April 2014, this substantial woven form measuring almost 50 centimetres in height is a compelling example of the experimental approach to basket-making taken by Tanabe Shochiku (1973-), who has recently succeeded to the fourth-generation headship of one of Japan’s leading family of basket-makers. Rising from a heart-shaped base, it has rounded corners and irregularly undulating sides that taper upwards to a low peak from which and from below which the bamboo strips from which the piece is woven twist downwards and outwards in a fluidly knotted configuration. Both the lighter internal and darker external surfaces of the bamboo strips are visible, the subtle patterning this provides being enhanced by the surface marking of the tiger bamboo (torachiku) the artist has used. The ‘Aun’ of the title of the piece means alpha and omega and is the Japanese equivalent of the Hindu mantra ‘Om’ or ‘Aum’. The work will be shown in the Toshiba Gallery of Japanese Art, where it will be a highlight of the new displays of craft and design that will open with the FuturePlan upgrading of the gallery due for completion at the beginning of November 2015.

Physical description

Squat form of with rounded corners and irregularly undulating sides that taper upwards to a peak from which and from below which the bamboo strips from which the piece is woven twist down and outwards in a fluidly knotted configuration; the lighter internal and darker external surfaces of the bamboo strips are visible, the patterning this provides being enhanced by the surface markings of the tiger bamboo (torachiku) the artist has used

Place of Origin

Sakai (made)

Date

2014 (made)

Artist/maker

Tanabe, Shochiku (Mr), born 1973 (maker)

Dimensions

Height: 48.0 cm, Width: 53.0 cm, Depth: 63.0 cm

Object history note

Exhibited at the exhibition 'Zen by Shouchiku Tanabe' held in Brussels at (gallery) Pierre Marie Guiraud, 7 March - 5 April 2014

Descriptive line

Basket / Sculpture, 'AUN II', woven bamboo, Japan, 2014, by Tanabe Shochiku (1973-)
Japan, modern crafts, studio, basketry

Materials

Bamboo

Techniques

Weaving

Collection

East Asia Collection

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