This is an old Japanese antique bamboo woven basket called Shingen, or 信玄, that dates to the late Meiji period, 1868-1912. The word Shingen has its roots in the day of the Samurai and daimyo. (see more below) The quality of old hand weaving work of the bamboo is evident all over with very beautiful aged patina. This hand work has lasted in its original form for over 100 years with no raveling or coming loose., A lightweight material is sewn to create a closed cover first around the edges of the top of the basket and then tied with a drawstring on top. It too is in excellent condition. These days the Shingen basket is used for many different things, a sewing basket, a fruit basket, for an individual tea ceremony supply basket, a lunch or picnic basket, or other reasons. This is the original set of pictures from the seller plus a few I added and you can see it has taken on a bit of dust in bottom corners I did not realize until the new pictures, but is easily removed. Because this is an antique, please feel free to message us with your offer.
SIZE: Length 13.38" or cms, Width 10.6" or 26.92 cms.
The name Shingen Basket is used for many different types of baskets and historically originally used by Samurai and daimyo., Today it is used for many different reasons and made in different manners with less expensive materials The name Shingen has its roots to the day of the Samurai and daimyo, originally named after a well known daimyo. This basket also comes from a small town Sasayama in Hyougo, originally home to descendant families of Samurai with many streets still lined with the old original homes and still inhabited by them.
Takeda Shingen 武田 信玄, 1521 – 1573, of Kai Province, was a preeminent daimyo in feudal Japan with exceptional military prestige in the late stage of the Sengoku period. Subordinate only to the shogun, daimyo were the most powerful feudal rulers from the 10th century to the middle 19th century in Japan. From the shugo of the Muromachi period through the Sengoku to the daimyo of the Edo period, the rank had a long and varied history.
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