Kansai Artist

Handled Flower Basket in Chinese Style

Kansai Artist

Item number: T-4207

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early 20th century

Madake bamboo, rattan, staining; mat plaiting, twined mat plaiting, twining, square plaiting (on base), bending, wrapping, knotting

Fitted wood storage box formerly used to store a variety of legal and historical texts, with paper label Tetsuki hanakago 手付花籠 (Handled flower basket)

A fine example of an early Kansai-region flower basket for use in the Chinese-inspired sencha style of tea-drinking; typical features include the overall form with a rounded-cylindrical base widening to a bowl-shaped upper section, tall handle, heavy staining, dense weave, and elaborate knotting.

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