A tall ikebana bamboo basket made for fresh-cut flowers to be displayed during the tea ceremony or in the tokonoma (special alcove in a traditional Japanese home). Its unique shape with moon handle is formed upon a square rattan base, wrapped robustly in its entirety with bamboo rope. Continuing with the rope theme, the body is constructed of vertical slats of bamboo crisscrossed with horizontal strands of bamboo, its open work weave secured and enhanced by bamboo knots. The overall affect manages to be both strong and airy. The basket’s strands of bamboo are naturally colored with a copper-hue, the incised signature of the master, Gyoko, on its base. This impressive basket is in very good condition, a perfect example of its genre.
Taisho Period, Japan