This Japanese old bamboo Ikebana flower vase was made by the artist Chikuzan. 'Zan' will be used after a person's name, although I have not yet found any information about this artist, I am looking and have reached back out to the seller about the artist for the same. This vase dates to the early 20th century so may be considered an antique. It is a tall vase made with great artistic character and value. It is darkly stained. The crane neck or long neck is made tighter than the bottom part is. The pieces sticking out on top are on purpose, they are not a defect. This is part of what gives its character. It would require a long glass or metal tube for water for flowers unless one was using dry flowers.
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 miniscule 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 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 know 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.
It is in excellent condition, no cracks or chips. There are no loose pieces. 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.
Size: Height 11.7 inches or 30 cm, Diameter at largest 5.85 inches or 15 cm
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