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Woven Bamboo Baskets Japan


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Collection No. Japan Baskets
Size 40cm to 60cm
Woven Bamboo Baskets Japan
Woven Bamboo Baskets Japan
Woven Bamboo Baskets Japan

This set of five old Japanese Baskets are used for Ikabana flower arrangements. Made from different types of bamboo and cane the Baskets themselves even without the flowers are amazing works of art.  All five of these are made by different artists at different times but they all show the great skill of the artists.  Baskets were developed to appear in a natural, asymmetric style, called wamono. My favourite is one at the back with red and brown colours woven to great effect.

In traditional Japanese aesthetics, wabi-sabi is a world view centred on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete. This idea is applied the Japanese ceramics and basket making along with other artistic pursuits

The bamboo has unique characteristics which naturally give it a positive symbolic significance: it grows straight and fast, is flexible, does not decay quickly and can be used for building shelters, weapons, instruments, and cut into stripes for making containers. Young bamboo stems can even be eaten and have found their way into the Japanese cuisine.

These baskets date from the early to mid 20th century

Provenance: The Todd Barlin Collection of Oceanic Art and Asian Art