Hanakago “tsuru-musubi” (liana knot)


Iizuka Rōkansai (1890-1958)
Ø 18 cm x 38 cm (h)

Iizuka Rōkansai was a famous bamboo artist who had lived for three periods from Meiji to Showa period. Born in Tochigi prefecture, he learned the bamboo work technique from his father, Iizuka Hōsai. It is said that he heightened the bamboo work into a level of art. He won an award in the International Exhibition of Modern Industrial and Decorative Arts of Paris in 1925. As an artist, Rokansai gave his pieces elegant titles. In 1933, German architect Bruno Taut visited Rokansai. Bruno Taut admired Rokansai saying, “In Japan, there is Tanabe Chikuunsai in the west, and Iizuka Rokansai in the East” and he proclaimed Rokansai’s works as “modern”.