Ikebana Basket

Bamboo and rattan ikebana basket (hanakago), rectangular format stretched in its height and Chinese style. Thicker bamboo braids on the four sides. Includes a bamboo sheet vase intended to receive the floral arrangement.

Ikebana or Ka-do (the way of flowers) is a traditional Japanese art of flower arrangement. Contrary to Western floral art, ikebana does not aim at highlighting only the beauty of flowers and the harmony of colors. This art wants to value the vase, the stems, the leaves, the branches as much as the flower itself. The structure of the flower arrangement is based on three symbols: the sky, the earth and humanity.

Ikebana is a tradition of floral art that dates back over thirteen centuries. Japan received the floral art from China in the early 7th century. The Tang Dynasty was then spreading throughout the Eastern world and Japanese ambassadors brought back with Buddhism the custom of floral offerings – kuge – to Buddhist altars and stupas.

The ambassador Ono no Imoko became the Senmu priest and was the first in Japan to codify the art of flower arranging, preferring to the Confucian exuberance the Buddhist sobriety and the classical rigor of the Trinitarian principle which is still found today in many Japanese bouquets.

Unidentified signature underneath: “made by ??sai” (??齋造之, ??sai tsukuru).

Japan – Taishô Era (1912-1926) or Shôwa Era (1926-1989), first half of the 20th century

Basket : Height 10.9 in. (27.5 cm), with handle 23.2 in. (59 cm) – Width 7.9 in. (20 cm) – Depth 8.7 in. (22 cm)

Pot: Height 8.9 in. (22.5 cm) – Diameter 3.6 in. (9.2 cm) – Depth : 6 in. (15.2 cm)