Intersections

Capturing Beauty

Japanese basket makers capture the beauty of carefully selected natural materials in their constructions. These materials are intended to harmonize with the meticulously arranged formal floral compositions (ikebana) that will be placed within the finished basket. In traditional-style Japanese houses, flower arrangements in baskets may be placed in a recessed alcove, called the tokonoma. This is a space that evolved from what was originally an altar, the sacred center of the home. The basket and floral arrangement are used as key elements in setting the emotional tone of the household.

  • X2008.31.1 Flower basket

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    Flower basket
    Japan
    19th-20th century
    Bamboo
    Fowler Museum at UCLA. Gift of Nancy and Richard Bloch. X2008.31.1

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  • X87.171 Flower basket

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    Flower basket
    Japan
    19th-20th century
    Bamboo, tree root, rattan
    H: 45.5 cm, W: 29.0 cm, D: 27.0 cm (H: 17.9 in, W: 11.4 in, D: 10.6 in)
    Gift of Nancy and Richard Bloch. X87.171

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  • X87.172 Flower basket

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    Flower basket
    Hanakago
    Japan
    19th-20th century
    Bamboo and rattan
    H: 51.2 cm, W: 18.0 cm, D: 18.0 cm (H: 20.2 in, W: 7.1 in, D: 7.1 in)
    Gift of Nancy and Richard Bloch. X87.172

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  • X87.181 Flower basket

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    Flower basket
    Japan
    Bamboo, plant fiber
    19th-20th century
    W: 24.0 cm, H: 38.0 cm, D: 22.0 cm (W: 9.4 in, H: 14.9 in, D: 8.6 in)
    Fowler Museum at UCLA. Gift of Nancy and Richard Bloch. X87.181

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  • X87.189 Flower basket

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    Flower basket
    Japan
    Bamboo, plant fiber
    19th-20th century
    W: 34.0 cm, H: 33.0 cm, D: 20.0 cm (W: 13.3 in, H: 12.9 in, D: 7.8 in)
    Fowler Museum at UCLA. Gift of Nancy and Richard Bloch. X87.189

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  • X87.206 Flower basket

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    Flower basket
    Japan
    Bamboo, plant fiber
    19th-20th century
    H: 38.0 cm, W: 37.0 cm, D: 30.0 cm (H: 14.9 in, W: 14.5 in, D: 11.8 in)
    Fowler Museum at UCLA. Gift of Nancy and Richard Bloch. X87.206

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