Fine Antique Meiji Japanese Burl Wood Basket
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Directory: Archives: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Pre 1900: item # 1122300
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B & C Antiques
P. O. Box 291
Derby, CT 06418
This sinuous Japanese shallow form basket or “moribon,” hand carved of curling hardwood burl, has a bold irregular loop handle jogging diagonally across the top. Meiji period, late 19th century. The basket’s swirling edge follows the natural tree shape, creating a wonderfully elegant movement. The inherent natural honey-colored hue of the wood enhances the rich grain in the burl, giving its graphic wavy design a luminous depth and sheen.
This type of moribon basket or tray was used for displaying seasonal fruit, and it was carved out of a single tree stump. (A similar example can be seen in Figure 133 in “Shadowed Reflections, Japanese Views,” a hardcover catalog by Kagedo Japanese Art.) This is a wonderful and scarce example of early Japanese burl wood carving.
CONDITION is very good, consistent with age and usage. Wonderful rich patina. There is evidence of an early restoration to age cracks in the handle which does not detract from its appearance in any way.
DIMENSIONS: 8 5/8” (22 cm) long, 6 1/4” (16 cm) wide, 7 ˝” (19 cm) high to top of handle.