diamond-shaped basket with wider base; tiny, intricate weave patterns alternating between open and closed weave; small decorative coils and knots on some patterns; tall handle with ring at center of either side just above basket lip; black lacquered copper lined cylinder

Chinese-style flower basket, late 19th century

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Working out of a shop in Kyoto, established by his family in 1819 and still open for business today, Morita Chikuami specialized in creating bamboo baskets for a type of Japanese tea ceremony called sencha. Sencha emerged in Japan in the 1700s, based on contemporary Chinese practices, and was especially popular among the cultural elites of urban Japan. A key component of sencha decoration is flower arrangements, which often utilize bamboo flower baskets like this one. Symmetrical, with an abundance of meticulous decorative detailing, it reflects an age-old Chinese tradition of bamboo basketry that is in stark contrast to the freer forms characteristic of Japanese-style baskets.

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Title
Chinese-style flower basket
Artist Life
1877 - 1947
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2013.30.34a,b
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diamond-shaped basket with wider base; tiny, intricate weave patterns alternating between open and closed weave; small decorative coils and knots on some patterns; tall handle with ring at center of either side just above basket lip; black lacquered copper lined cylinder