Murashido Kabin, Nakajima Yasumi - I

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Murashido bronze ikebana vase by renown metal artist NakajimaYasumi 1st, ( 1877-1952), father of Nakajima Yasumi 2nd , he and his son are one of the most collectable japanese Ikebana vase artists in the world. He exhibited extensively around Japan as well as overseas art shows and worked for Imperial household agency. The name of Nakajima first came to notice in 1908, when he was awarded at the Senkatsu Kinen Exhibition. He was a consistent exhibitor with the Teiten-Nitten national exhibitions and was also quite active abroad, being prized at the 1931 Belgian Exposition and serving as juror for the Japanese submissions to the Paris Exposition in 1925 where he was subsequently prized. His work is held in the collection of the Imperial Household Agency as well as the V&A museum and he served as mentor to a generation of young bronze artists. His son, Nakajima Yasumi II (1905-1988) took the family name in 1951. Yasumi II graduated from the National Craft Institute of Sendai and was first exhibited in 1933 at the Export Crafts exhibition organized by the Ministry of Industry and Commerce. He exhibited several times abroad including Paris and Buenos Aires. He was also consistently accepted in the Nitten exhibitions, garnering the Hokutosho there in 1952. In 1969 he received an honor as a person of merit in Crafts from Osaka prefecture.

Murashido is a technique achieved by dipping the hot bronze in oil immediately after firing and then smoking with rice straw. This is a masterpiece of heavy bronze and a wonderful patina of colors.

This Kabin (vase), is ideal for the beautiful Japanese minimalistic Ikebana decoration. In ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arranging, blossoms, branches, leaves, and stems find new life as materials for artmaking. In contrast to the western habits of casually placing flowers in a vase, ikebana aims to bring out the inner qualities of flowers and other live materials and express emotion. Ikebana is influenced by Buddhist ideals of minimalism.

Size: 8.5(W) x 8.5(L)  X 20.6(H) cms.
Weight: 680 gms.