Chaff sieve

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Maker(s)
Artist: Hiroshima Kazuo 廣島一夫 (Japan, 1915 - 2013)
Historical period(s)
Heisei era, 1995
Medium
Bamboo and vine
Dimensions
H x Diam: 10.5 x 59 cm (4 1/8 x 23 1/4 in)
Geography
Japan, Miyazaki prefecture, Hinokage
Credit Line
Gift of Nakamura Kunio
Accession Number
S1996.35
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Container
Type

Basket

Keywords
bamboo, basket, food preparation, Heisei era (1989 - present), Japan
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Previous Owner(s)

Nakamura Kunio

Label

A chaff sieve was used for separating husked rice grains (momi) from husks and debris or for cleaning other grains and beans (such as wheat, barley, millet, azuki beans, and soybeans) of their husks or dried pods. After being sorted with this sieve, the grain was further processed using a winnow. Mr. Hiroshima learned to make this implement during his apprenticeship.

It has a precisely spaced open weave in the center panel. The size of the mesh is expressed in the traditional measurement of bu (3.03 millimeters). All such sieving baskets are painstaking to produce and require special tools.

Published References
  • Louise Allison Cort. Twentieth-century Asian Crafts in the Sackler Gallery. vol. XLIII no. 3. p. 19, fig. 5.
Collection Area(s)
Contemporary Art, Japanese Art
Rights Statement

Copyright with artist