Period: Meiji period (1868–1912)
Title: Three-sided basket with root handle
Striated bamboo slats loosely inserted into hexagonal base
Dimensions: 21 1/2 x 6 in. (54.6 x 15.2 cm)
Bequest of Ritalou Rogow Harris, Class of 1957, and Robert O. Harris
Object Number: 2012.015.003
Until the sixteenth century, imported Chinese baskets were favored for flower arranging and visual appreciation. But with Sen-no Rikyu (1521-1591) advocating for a simpler aesthetic for chanoyu, the tea ceremony, admiration for humble utilitarian baskets made by farmers led to the development of wamono, Japanese style baskets in informal, irregular shapes. Incorporating roots as well as stalks of bamboo in the making of baskets for ikebana (flower arranging) contributed to a natural, rustic appearance. Until the 19th century, anonymous artisans produced baskets. Up to and even in modern times, people with physical disabilities were often relegated to basketmaking, traditionally considered a low-status craft.
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