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Armour-shaped Flower Basket of Kinmeichiku 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 kinmeichiku (金明竹), 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.

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