Japanese Bamboo Art: The Abbey Collection

For centuries, artists and craftsmen in japan have carved, woven or transformed the bamboo plant to create a variety of commodities and art pieces.Japanese bamboo art, with its refined beauty and technical sophistication, has been little known in the west until recent years.

On display until Feb 4th, 2018, a large scale exhibition titled ”japanese bamboo art: the abbey collection” is on view at the metropolitan museum of art, highlighting key stages in the modern history of japanese bamboo art, and offers audiences a rare opportunity to see a comprehensive selection of these exquisite works.

Japan's Kansai region has strong cultural influences from China due to their geographic closeness.In relation to bamboo art, which goes back to the 15th century, Chinese bamboo baskets were imported to the Kansai region and were used in tea ceremonies and buddhist rituals in additional to practical daily uses.

Japanese artists in Kansai learned how to imitate chinese bamboo techniques like plaiting and even adopted the shapes of Chinese porcelains and jars when creating their own baskets.

Straight, durable, and able to withstand heavy winds-- these properties of bamboo symbolize virtues like uprightness and loyalty in Chinese culture

In Japanese culture, the values that bamboo symbolizes are also quite similar to the ones in Chinese culture.

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