Miller, Lilian (1895 - 1943), "The Three-Foot Bamboo Pipe"
|Title||The Three-Foot Bamboo Pipe|
|Medium||Original Japanese Woodblock Print|
|Series Title||Illustration: Grass Blades from a Cinnamon Garden|
|Publisher||The Artist - Privately Published|
|Reference No||Brown: Fig. 12b; Cat. 39 - Grass Blades from a Cinnamon Garden; pg. 26|
|Size||5 -1/2 x 4 "|
Notes: Signed with artists monogram in block. The same figure is also shown in the horizontal print, "Father Kim of Korea" (Fig. 37; Cat. 55).
Miller explained: "In 1917 I saw Korea for the first time. It seemed to me a story-book land. The people are like old Chinese sages with their long flowing garments of white, always white, and the men with their odd little black hats." - Brown, pg. 46.
Each of the four inserted print illustrations included in, Grass Blades from a Cinnamon Garden manifests the kind of sentimental Orientalism in which the Western author "captures" the timeless beauty of the East and recreates it as a universal ideal. In sum the poems and images of Grass Blades sings of loss - the loss of love and the implicit loss of the Orient - and the desire for repossession.