Title: Gourd-shaped flower basket
Dimensions: 10 x 6 in. (25.4 x 15.2 cm)
Bequest of Ritalou Rogow Harris, Class of 1957, and Robert O. Harris
Object Number: 2012.015.034
Fujinuma Noboru pursued bamboo art as a second career, after quitting his job as a quality control manager for Nikon at the age of thirty and apprenticing himself to Yagisawa Keizo. Despite starting relatively late in life for someone working in traditional crafts, his talent soon became apparent as his baskets were accepted into the most prestigious exhibitions. The color of this basket evokes the appearance of susudake, “smoked bamboo” recycled from the rafters of old farmhouses. The scarcity of actual susudake has led contemporary bamboo artists such as Fujinuma to master staining techniques that re-create this prized effect.
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