Bamboo Ikebana Basket
Morita Chikuami (1877-1947)
Item number: T-4100
Size: H 21.7" x W 7.9" x L 8.1" (55 x 20 x 20.5 cm)
Era: Taisho era (1912-1926)
Rattan and bamboo; mat plaiting, twining, square plaiting, wrapping, knotting
Signed underneath Chikuami kore o tsukuru (Made by Chikuami)
Morita Chikuami was the most important member of a line of Kyoto bamboo plaiters that played a key role in transforming basket-making from a rural, utilitarian craft into a sophisticated urban art form. Most of his baskets were intended for use in sencha, a formal style of serving and drinking tea that originated in the eighteenth century and was based on contemporary Chinese practice. A basket by Chikuami is in the collection of the Portland Art Museum.