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On View Charles Goddard Weld Hall, level 2

Object description

  • Japanese artist
  • Sculpture, 19th century
  • Bamboo
  • Japan
  • H: 13 1/2 in, W: 11 3/4 in, D: 11 in (H: 34.3 cm, W: 29.8 cm, D: 27.9 cm)
  • Museum purchase, 2008
  • E303771


This is a sculpture made of natural bamboo root (takezaiku) carved with a fierce depiction of Shoki, his whiskers formed from the subsidiary roots. Further Remarks: This form of bamboo was introduced to Japan from southern China in 1736. A stone monument commemorating its arrival is in Kagoshima in Kyushu. In Chinese this type is called Mo Chiku (Mo - hairy Chiku - bamboo) and Moso chiku in Japanese. Fumiyo Iwamatsu, Associate Professor, University of Kitakyushu, a scholar on bamboo.