Armour-shaped Flower Basket of Kinmechiku by Tanabe Chikuunsai I
Tanabe Chikuunsai I
Armour-shaped Flower Basket of Kinmechiku
43 x 25.5 x 24 cm
17 x 10 x 9.5 in
Box signed and sealed by Chikuunsai I
Original lacquered water container
Unusual flower basket made in the shape of traditional Japanese chest-armor. Chikuunsai I used rare aged kinmechiku, or golden-color bamboo, a prize material whose knotty nodes give this basket a very robust feel. Chikuunsai I seemed to to use only special materials for this basket, as we have seen one other of its kind made almost entirely from antique arrow shafts.