"Akari Light Sculpture" table lamp in original packing

designed 1952
Designed by Isamu Noguchi (American, 1904–1988), Manufactured by Ozeki & Co., Ltd.

Object Place: Gifu, Japan


Height x length: 3 1/4 x 11 1/2 x 11 1/2 in. (8.3 x 29.2 x 29.2 cm) (of box)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Japanese washi paper, bamboo, enameled metal, light bulb, electrical cords, cardboard box

Not On View




Lighting devices

Bulbous form composed of Japanese paper and given structure by rings or bamboo stands on a three legged, metal armature; currently, paper and bamboo form is flattened and in original translucent plastic packaging; black cardboard box with graphics on top; black electrical cord; 40 watt light bulb (Japanese-made) in original paper packaging; paper pamphlet.


Purchased by Brett Angell on eBay, 2011; 2011, given by Brett Angell to the MFA

Credit Line

Gift of Brett Angell


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