A charming antique Japanese, smoked bamboo, (susutake), fruit basket (morikago). Morikago were shallow baskets for the attractive arrangement of colorful fruits of the season, to be displayed in the Tokonoma during the practice of the Sencha or Tea Ceremony. The body is twill-plaited, (ajiro-ami), and is reinforced by double wall plaiting of the rim with supporting strips called Haritake. The handle is wrapped in bamboo strips fastened to the basket and each other using decorative wraps, (bo-maki). Approximate Age: 1900-1925.
Dimensions: 12-1/14” sq. x 3-1/2”d x 11-1/2”h
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