This Japanese antique Ikebana flower basket of the Ajiro shape was made at the turn of the century Meiji period of 1868-1912. It is a very finely and tightly weaved bamboo vase. It is lightly lacquered. As bamboo ages it turns darker but not all the same, as one can see from the pictures. The lacquer may help slow down the aging a bit, but bamboo patina is beautiful. The handle is slanted on purpose. Ikebana is the Japanese word for flower arrangement. It is a high-class ikebana vase and very well made with much detail.
This type is used for ikebana, as many of them are, and for the tea ceremony. Hanakago or bamboo basketry, which is a 600-year Japanese craft, remains a minuscule art form because it takes an artist decades to learn it. The various processes involved in the creation of a basket is done by one person, as a division of labor is not possible, for it requires the sensitivity, individuality and the creativity of the creator in every step of the process. The artist has to feel each and every bamboo strip and knows exactly what type of basket it will become. How the bamboo is treated is also a trade secret and there are various ways to treat bamboo, including boiling it, to make it stable under climate changes and other stresses.
This one would require a glass for water to put fresh flowers or something, it did not come with one. Otherwise, it is in excellent condition, no cracks or chips. Please see the pictures and ask any questions. We are non-house smokers and do not smoke around our wares and our very careful with them to have clean hands and in the packing. We are careful to check incoming items for any unusual smells. Again please let us know if you have any questions. This is a purchase from a well- known and honest, quality antique dealer in Japan. Including the handle, it is very tall.
Size: Approximately: Height 12.00 inches or 30.48 cm, Widest width at bottom about 5" or 12.7 cm
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