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A medium size, well potted jar with round shoulder and shorter neck. Inside is not totally glazed. On the body, pine, bamboo, and plum trees are finely painted with blue underglaze. Then a translucent glaze is applied, which turns into milky, white color. It has three floral decorations on the shoulder; the decoration is originated in functional elements of “ears” to which ropes were tied for transportation. The neck has a band of double lines and spray design of peony flowers and leaves. The rim of the neck is unglazed. The foot is unglazed; eye is glazed. Some imperfections of glaze are seen toward the bottom. Glaze is scraped off on one part. Many speckles on the surface.
Japanese (Japanese (culture or style))
Blue-and-white jar with floral and leaf design
1615 – 1643
Museum purchase made possible by the Margaret Watson Parker Art Collection Fund
The painting depicts bamboo plants and pine trees, with a calligraphic inscription on the right bottom.
Qi Baishi
Pine and Bamboo
1925 – 1935
Gift of Katsuizumi Sotokichi
It is a round, openwork tsuba, in the design of three interconnected bamboo leaves. It has the signature: Kishû jû, Sadanobu.
Tsuba (Sword guard)
17th century
Museum purchase made possible by the Margaret Watson Parker Art Collection Fund
This small, flat metal piece has a quartrefoil shape. Three holes in the middle. Some chips can be seen around the center hole, which mended with silver and copper. A samurai on horseback is charging into the sea from steep hill; he is wearing a helmet, armor, and sword, and holding a fan. A pine tree is standing on the samurai’s right side; there are rocks and bamboo grass by the ocean. The motifs of the ocean, pine tree, bamboo grass and rocks also appear on the reverse side. Gold and some silver and copper inlays are applied on pine branches, samurai's helmet, horse's mane and bridle, bamboo grass on the shore, and spray from waves.
Tsuba (sword guard) with inlaid design of samurai on horseback at the shore
18th century
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Robert T. Weston
A family of birds rest among willow branches. Three chicks rest below, while the larger parents perch above
Nakabayashi Chikutō
Birds in a Tree
Gift of Dr. Kurt and Millie Gitter in honor of Stephen Addiss
<p>Black silk michiyuki with dark grey interwoven water and wave (mizunami) motifs with a light gray silk lining with interwoven shikunnshino maru (floral motifs arranged in a circular shape) motif patterning.</p>
Japanese (Japanese (culture or style))
20th century
Gift of Howard and Patricia Yamaguchi
Ovoid stoneware vase with brown iron glaze and bamboo design stretching diagonally across the height of the vase.  A short, tapered neck flares iinto a wide rimmed opening.
Hamada Shōji
Large Ovoid Vase with Bamboo Design
1930 – 1950
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Stephen H. Spurr
A red and black flower basket with geometric patterns on a footing with two long handles that connect at the tip.
Chinese (Chinese (culture or style))
Flower Basket
20th century
Gift of Ellen and Richard Laing
Flat woven bamboo basket with geometric pattern in red and black
Chinese (Chinese (culture or style))
Flat Basket with swastika motif, from Taiwan
20th century
Gift of Ellen and Richard Laing
A rectangluar box woven with bamboo. There is a strip of bamboo with a clasp to keep the basket closed and in one piece. Used as a fermer&#39;s lunchbox.<br />
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This lunchbox is woven from strips of bamboo. The outer part is plain-woven, while the inner part is woven in the style of a reed mat. The frame is made from bands of bamboo tied together in two places. Lunchboxes such as this one were used to deliver meals to those working in fields.
<p>[Korean Collection, University of Michigan Museum of Art (2017) p. 278]</p>
Korean (Korean (culture or style))
Farmer's Lunchbox
1850 – 1950
Gift of Ok Ja Chang and the Chang Family
<p>Black rinzu haori with interwoven wave motifs with white shibori Oonami (large wave) motifs with dyed shibori light green, maroon, and yellow autumnal leaves with gold embroidery and miniature bamboo, plum blossom, dandelion, and chrysanthemum motifs with light pink and white peony lining.</p>
Japanese (Japanese (culture or style))
1925 – 1999
Gift of Mrs. Kazuko Miyake
Flask-shaped bottle with short, narrow neck. Bamboo leaves design in brown color is applied on one shoulder toward the bottom. The porous surface of white glaze shows the orange color of the clay. The spout is narrow and has an elevated rim. The foot is short and glazed.
Takuo Katô
Shino ware flask-shaped bottle with bamboo design
1953 – 1963
Museum Purchase