This is a one piece Bamboo Kimono Tray made around 1920-30. The tray incorporates a basket-weave plaiting pattern in creating a beautiful effect with the use of smoked madake. A piece of split bamboo bound in intervals with a thin bamboo band strengthening the rim as well as contributing to the overall look of the tray. The bottom of the basket has two bamboo stretchers to keep the basket from loosing its shape and to give additional support. Trays come with and without tops depending on what the customer wanted. In the home a top is most often used while in the Ryokan or Onsen, ones without tops are use for convenience and the fact that the clothing is stored temporarily while bathing and dressing. The loose weaving of the bamboo allows for air circulation. Condition: rich patina, incredible condition, with no worn corners or breakage. Dimension: 24” x 14-1/2” x 4-0”h
Stepping into a mature Madake bamboo grove is like entering another universe. You feel dwarfed by towering bamboo giants. A bamboo grove is a testament to the resilience of life on earth. It becomes apparent upon seeing the bamboo grove that the Shakuhachi truly embodies the simplicity and versatility of bamboo.
Excellent Condition- In unused, or like-unused condition. No visual or structural or surface wear or damage shown. Pristine. As good as the day it was made.
Great Condition- Appears in slightly used condition but looks "Like New". Some minor wear, but retains the original craft/workmanship. May show minor wear, that does not affect the main design, or associated motif. No cracks, dents, chips or missing elements.
Good Condition- Minor wear which can be restored or repaired; may have surface flaws, like staining or soiling, confined to a small area. The flaw(s) are counterbalanced by another feature, like brilliant color or innovative design. Some fading or the piece may have been altered in some fashion.
Fair Condition- Main aesthetic/design showing damage. Excessive noticeable wear or damage. Worth buying if can be restored/repaired because of its aesthetic or design appeal or rarity. Note: wear/damage consistent with age/use can often enhance the 'Antique' qualities of a piece, giving it a desirable second chance in one's collection