Chonmage Piggy Bank

©Muga Miyahara

Name : Chonmage Piggy Bank
Year : 2008
Material : Glass fiber, wood, urethane coating finish
Size : W1610mm H1340mm D550mm
Description : Based on the theme of "Japanese history," this piece is inspired by an event that took place during the Meiji Restoration in 1868 and shocked the people of the time. As part of the movement to open Japan to the West, the government ordered all samurai to cut their hair (arranged in the traditional topknot called chonmage) to a short Western style. The piece draws its inspiration from scenes of a samurai cutting off his chonmage, which have been meticulously reenacted countless times in historical dramas.

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