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A delicate flower basket. The main section of the body formed in a hexagon weave, above and below the hexagon is woven in an open twill plating framed with sections in a diagonal weave. A large handle formed of three bamboo sections joined with delicate knots and attached to the body with large open elaborate knots.
The basket comes complete with its water pot and tomobako (original storage box).
Basket Signed - Gengensai 元々斎
Suzuki Gengensai (1891-1950). Suzuki Gengensai worked in the Osaka region and studied basketry under Yamashita Kochikusai.
Date - 1914-1923
It is possible to date this basket to within a nine-year period of his career. Suzuki Gengensai was given the art name 元々斎in Taisho 3 (1914), as inscribed to the base of our basket. In Taisho 12 (1923) he changed his name to 玩々斎. Both names are pronounced Gengensai.
Hakogaki (Inscription by the artist to the lid of the tomobako)
“Gengensai saku, Teiryo hanakago”
[Made by Gengensai, Flower basket with handle]
Other works by this artist:
Published in c.f. Masters of Bamboo: Artistic Lineages in the Lloyd Cotsen Japanese Basket Collection, page 96, number 54.
A basket titled "Soring Cliff" was exhibited at the MET Museum "Japanese Bamboo Art: The Abbey Collection" June 13, 2017 - February 4, 2018.
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