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Hexagonal Plait Flower Basket by Morita Chikuyosai


Morita Chikuyosai

d. 1963

Hexagonal Plait Flower Basket

38.5 x 16.5 x 13.25 cm
15.2 x 6.5 x 5.2 in
Original box signed and sealed by Chikuyosai
Original lacquered water container

This basket by Chikuyosai has an unusually compact elegance. Little is known of Chikuyosai, though based on the style of his basketry he was evidently based in the Kansai area. Body weave is very precise and firm, as it is constructed of a tight mesh-like hexagonal plaiting complicated by intertwining horizontals. At base and shoulder the weave shifts to mat plaiting, offering an inviting shift in texture. The rim is twined and bound with rattan. These shifts of form and texture and overall concision of the basket lend it a particularly graphic quality.

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