This Japanese vintage bamboo vase for Ikebana was made about 30 years ago. It is a tall, hand weaved bamboo basket. It has rings which could make it a hanging baseket. Dark pieces are weaved between the lighter pieces of bamboo. It has a wide mouth. Historically, the art of Japanese bamboo basket weaving has been called hanakago. This type is used for ikebana, as many of them are, and for the tea ceremony. While this is not the most elaborate type, it is still very beautiful. 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. This one is in excellent condition, but it does not come with an insert, which is the only issue I see. One would have to use a cup or another vase would fit down inside of it as well.
Size: Height 8.8 inches or 22.5 cms, Width and Length 6.5 by 5.5 inches or 16.5 cm by 14 cm
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