1890s - 1910s (late Meiji - early Taisho) Japanese woven bamboo ikebana basket, can be used both as a free standing vase and as a wall vase for tea ceremony. Absolutely thought out design - flat bottom, so it can stand on its own, woven loop on the back for hanging, and the bottom part on the back is woven in indented fashion, so the basket will not be wobbly on the wall. Superb piece made in Karamono (Chinese, more formal than Japanese) style with shape and execution of the body weave in regular rows. Finely woven smoked narrow bamboo strips (each strip is about 1.5 mm wide), rich warm patina from smoking process and age, original bamboo insert. The basket is in perfect shape, probably one of the best that I’ve had. Signed CHIKUSHUNSAI on the bottom, obviously made by a master weaver - a basket by the artist is listed in the collection of Ham Museum of Art in Florida, excellent for tea ceremony or flower arrangements. Height 7 1/4 inches.