Japanese Antique Hand Carved Burl Wood Tea Flower and Fruit Tray | Ikebana Moribon

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Dimensions: 9-0”h x 8-0”w x 13-0”L

Shown is a Japanese Moribon, (tray) for displaying seasonal fruit and leaves, in an object having an irregular, rippling form. The tray is made from one piece of natural burl wood in an elongated oval shape with a single large and complex, twisting handle. This beautifully carved tray and handle retain the natural form showing nodes, knots, and protrusions. Natural and yet polished, this tray conveys the tension inherent between the natural material and the refined work of the artisan. It has a natural variegated brown translucent finish. Artist Unknown.

Natural arrangements for trays of this type, according to the nageire, or thrown in, style of flower arranging is recognized as a certain stylistic category of Kado which had its origin in early ‘Buddhist flower offerings, (kuge). 

Condition: Excellent condition for the piece is perfect, with no chipping, missing elements or color loss, and is in exceptional condition. A beautiful patinated finish, retaining the original craftsmanship. Meets the standards of the collector of the Japanese folk art genre.

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It takes an expert’s eye to recognize the beauty and potential of root and burl that can be turned into treasures. Skilled artisans such as the one who transforms natural wonder into a beautiful fruit/flower container allowing it to be both functional and unique works of art. The tradition of root carving dates far back to the Warring provinces over 2000 years ago.