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A Pair of Japanese Mingei Baskets â Meiji/Showa

A Pair of Japanese Mingei Baskets – Meiji/Showa

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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Pre 1970: Item # 963870

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This is a fine pair of handmade Japanese folk art basket containers. They are made of tightly woven rattan reeds and bound by strips of thin bamboo that are reinforced with bronze straps bradded into the basket.

The smaller basket looks like it could have been a sewing basket or even a bento box (lunch box). It measures 7” long by 5” wide by 3” deep. This one has a hand-cut bronze locking clasp on the sides for closure and a curved bronze carrying handle. The interior is lined with old deteriorated paper. At the bottom it has a hanging cord with a seashell at the end for decoration.

The taller basket measures 12” high and is 7” wide at the top - 5” wide at the base – and is 6” thick at its thickest. It has a looped cord locking closure at the side.

Both are in excellent condition with very nice patina. We are not sure of dating – could be any time between the end of the 19th century to the 1930s – Meiji to Showa period.