Isamu Noguchi, Tsuneko-san, 1931. Plaster portrait bust on a wooden base.


The maid in the house I used in Tokyo was Tsuneko-san, whose head I modeled and cast in plaster. When I went to Kyoto to work with the potter Jinmatsu Uno, I made many terra-cottas. Some of these came from my having seen prehistoric “Haniwa.” I took the plaster casts I had made of my uncle and Tsuneko-san and did terra-cotta versions of them there. One from the same mold in white high-fired ceramic was bought by A. Conger Goodyear when I did my first table for his new house in Old Westbury, Long Island, designed by Ed Stone.
Original Noguchi Collection
Quotations by Isamu Noguchi from The Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum (New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1987), unless otherwise noted.