Japanese Antique Basket | Hanakago

Japanese Bamboo Ikebana Flower Basket with Handle | "Kago-Hanaire" Tea Ceremony Basket



Descriptive qualities& condition:

Dimensions: 10-0”l x 8-1/2”w x 11-1/2”h (including Handle)

The flower basket being offered has an interlacing handle with simply wrapped (bo-maki) detail. The rim (fuchi) of the basket is the point of completion and is well balanced to the rest of the basket and is carefully treated and sturdily wrapped. The body is a basic twill plaiting which shows the artistic abilities of the craftsman and shows the use of very narrow bamboo strips, delicate, precise interworking, and decorative details attaching both the rim and handle to the form. And finally, the base zone shows the transition from the bottom of the basket which is a square mesh plaiting divided into three rectangular sections with reinforced bamboo straps to strengthen the bottom and prevent breakage. The piece is unsigned.

Condition: Very good condition with a few missing wrapping elements on the handle which are unnoticeable unless pointed out. This standardly occurred with the continued changing of flower arrangements. It has a beautiful natural patina and left as originally constructed.

NOTE: Japanese people have always shown a sensitivity to the change of seasons and displaying flowers associated with the various times of the year. Beyond the realm of a flower display, bamboo is used in a multitude of ways and has long played a crucial role in everyday life. Flowers with their containers are an important element of the decorations for the tea ceremony. Flowers arranged in the simple "thrown-in" (nageire) manner suitable for tea ceremony are called cabana and the containers for them are generally referred to as handier. Hanaire may be of bronze or other metal, celadon, and other types of ceramic, bamboo, or basketry. Bamboo handier (take-hanaire) came into being the development of wabi-cha, as did handier of domestic Japanese ceramic war such as Bizen ware and Shigaraki ware. Basketry (kago-hanaire) usually are reserved for use in the warm season, while china will consist of an assortment of seasonal grassy flowers. The cabana may be hung on the back wall of the tokonoma, or on its main front pillar (tokobashira), in which cases the handler will have a ring attached to the back, or a small hole in the back, for the hook.  Also, there are metal and bamboo handier designed to be hung by a chain from a hook in the ceiling of the tokonoma. These are generally referred to as tourist-hanaire, and if they are boat-like, they are referred to as tsuribune (suspended boat).