Wood and Bamboo

Flower Vase, named Sairai

  • By Kobori Enshū
  • Japan Edo period, 17th century
  • Bamboo
  • h: 29.2cm
  • [60021]

When first made this flower vase included two openings, and hence was known as a nijūgiri(double-cut)type of flower vase. Then the upper section was damaged, so Enshū cut away that part and gave its new form the name of Sairai, literally re-appearance. This work reveals Enshū’s particular creative spirit.

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