Abacus

Abacus

1974

Sekine Yoshio

(Japanese, 1922-1989)

Screenprint and lithograph

Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Daniel Verne 1976.142

Description

Without the title, the abstract forms repeated throughout this composition would have little meaning to Western eyes, but the lozenge shape of the beads strung on the rod of an abacus has been a part of everyday life in Japan for more than a millennium, and would easily be identified in this symbolic guise. The black-and-white pattern further enhances the reference to the mathematical tool, suggestive of the rhythmic clicking of the beads striking one another when they slide into place during calculations.

See also
Collection: 
PR - Screenprint
Department: 
Prints
Type of artwork: 
Print

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