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Dish with Flower Basket Design

Japanese (Japanese)
Late 19th century
Lacquered wood
Work : 1 1/2 x 9 1/2 x 9 1/2 in. (3.81 x 24.13 x 24.13 cm)
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Gift of Risa and Chris Engle in honor of Mayia and Leah
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This dish decorated with an ikebana flower basket design illustrates the type of product that was exhibited at the various national industrial exhibitions during the Meiji period. Ikebana flower arranging has ancient roots in Japan. Brought from China in the 11th or 12th century, it was transformed in Japan and gradually developed into multiple different schools. Most traditional ikebana schools emphasized the creation of upright displays using long-stemmed flowers, grasses and tree branches as the central elements. During the Meiji period, a new style of ikebana evolved in which short-stemmed flowers were arranged in shallow bowls and baskets to create more horizontal displays. The new style was formalized by flower master Ohara Unshin and became the primary style of the so-called Ohara School of ikebana in 1895.

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