Lot 6
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Shinkichi Tajiri

20,000 - 25,000 EUR
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  • Shinkichi Tajiri
  • Samurai
  • signed
  • molar brick casting in bronze
  • Height: 61 cm.
  • This work was executed circa 1957 and is unique.


Private Collection, Sweden
Sale Bruun Rasmussen, Copenhagen, 27 September 1995, lot 193
Acquired from the above by the present owner


Venice, XXXI Biennale Internazionale d'Arte, June - October 1962, no. 467

Catalogue Note

"Despite the labour intensity of the "molar brick" technique, approximately fifty of these sculptures were executed between 1957 and 1964. Most of them allude to an attitude of contemplation. They include titles such as Column for Meditation, Relic from an Ossuary, Totem, Tower of Babel and Obiit (he has died). Tajiri draws his inspiration from the theme of death and the ancestry cult, which is an important part of the Japanese religion, Shintoism."  
(from: Hestia Bavelaar and Els Barents, Shinkichi Tajiri, beeldhouwer-sculptor, Ghent 1990, p. 53.