Takumi Precision Engineering add to Museum in a Garden

22 June, 2022

Takumi have used their know-how and engineering skills to add a new sculpture to the Hunt Museum in a Garden.   Takumi engineers and designers have made an interpretation of the museum’s  Etruscan Wine Jug from the 5th century BC, using Corten Steel, cut by water jet and welded into shape.  The launch will be on Thursday, June 30,2022 at 5pm. 

Takumi Jug in the Hunt Museum Garden

Etruscan Jug in the Hunt Museum Garden created by Takumi Precision

“We jumped at the chance to show the creative side of our team and involve a transition year student to put something of permanence and beauty into one of the best public realm spaces in Limerick. This supports the museum in its endeavours to take the museum out of its walls and showcases how art and engineering make great bedfellows.”

Donal Galligan, CEO of Takumi

The Sculpture

This sculpture is a reproduction of an original 26 cm tall Etruscan jug, known as an oinochoe, a mixture of the Greek words oînos, “wine” and khéō, “I pour.” This typical Etruscan vessel is likely to have originated near Vulci, on the West coast of Italy. Such jugs were popularly exported and often found in princely Celtic graves. 

Takumi Jug in the Hunt Museum Garden

Takumi Jug in the Hunt Museum Garden

Beaked Flagon

Beaked Flagon (oinochoe)
Accession number
MG 015

“We are so pleased with this partnership. Takumi have been lovely to work with and have given the museum and all the people who contribute to the garden, a superb edition with this Beaked Flagon. It graces the ‘Italian’ alcove and is a real tribute to Etruscan’s whose metal craftsmanship was also second to none over 2 and half centuries ago”

Jill Cousins, CEO of the Hunt Museum, highlighted the the community and cultural aspects:

The Etruscans were an ancient civilisation in Etruria, a region of central Italy, rich in metal resources.. They created many types of objects including tools, weapons, armour, sculptures and vessels such as jugs, lamps, cauldrons and incense burners. 

Takumi developed and manufactured this sculpture using a 3D photogrammetry model created by the Hunt Museum Volunteer Digitisation Group and rendered with help from MONARÚ. The Beaked Flagon complements Olmec Man designed ARUP and Monarù, with a grant from ESB,  for the opening of the garden last June.    

Museum in a Garden was funded by the public buying cobbles, benches and planters with a generous donation from the JP McManus Foundation and for the Community Garden, sponsorship from the Moran family in memory of Sean Moran. It aims to add both permanent and temporary sculptures over time, for which ARUP have provided seven underground plinths.


Etruscan Jug Sculpture in the Hunt Museum Garden

Etruscan Jug Sculpture in the Hunt Museum Garden

About Takumi

It’s all in the name – Takumi means craftsman. Takumi are experts in bespoke medical, aerospace and industrial component assembly and manufacturing. The industry values, engineering practices and business development experiences acquired both in Japan and Dublin have contributed greatly to the ongoing success story that is Takumi. Takumi is a subcontract precision engineering business based in Raheen. The company has been operating since 1998 and employs 100 people. Takumi’s company culture is a fusion of Irish creativity and Japanese philosophy, following Gerry Reynolds’s years of employment in Japan.

Takumi supplies precision-machined components for a variety of industries including medical devices, aerospace, pharmaceutical and semi-conductor. Takumi exports globally and the business continues its growth journey as it supports the needs of its customers.


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