On View In:
Gallery 223
Artist:   Kochikusai Kameyama  
Title:   Basin-shaped Basket  
Date:   early 20th century  
Medium:   Bamboo  
Dimensions:   Basket: 14 1/8 x 14 3/16 x 13 3/4 in. (35.88 x 36.04 x 34.93 cm) Insert: 1-3/4 x 12-5/16 x 12-5/16 in.  
Credit Line:   Gift of Kim and Gloria Anderson  
Location:   Gallery 223  

Low, basin shaped baskets piled with fruits and flowers were a stock theme among Chinese professional painters. This theme was picked up by the Japanese literati artist Yanagisawa Kien in the mid-18th century who painted several hanging scrolls featuring precisely rendered baskets with colorful, carefully described flowers and fruit. Perhaps because of this pictorial tradition, low baskets such as this became popular for floral displays at sencha gatherings. This basket would have been used for such a display.

Name:   Kameyama, Kochikusai  
Nationality:   Japanese  
Life Dates:   1877 - 1937  

Object Description  
Inscriptions:   "Kochikusai", incised, on support on bottom  
Classification:   Bamboo work  
Physical Description:   handled fruit basket; lozenge-pattern body; hexagonal inner bottom; copper tray insert with 2 inner ring handles  
Creation Place:   Asia, Japan, , ,  
Accession #:   2001.275.3a,b  
Owner:   The Minneapolis Institute of Arts