Japanese Ikebana Baskets



2015-06-26 11:06:10

Japanese Ikebana Baskets are a type of decorative woven basket made from bamboo.

Brief history and description

Ikebana bamboo-woven baskets were originally crafted for fisherman and farmers in Japan in order to hold fruit and fish, however, after becoming popular Japanese folk art items during the 19th century they were often used in tea ceremonies and floral displays as well.

Some baskets may be woven with a repeating loop pattern, while others featured the shapes of moons (also known as "moon baskets") which were typically crafted during the late Meiji era.

Hayakawa Shokosai I was one of the most popular Ikebana basket-makers in Japan during the reign of the Emperor Meiji in the 19th century.

Guide for collectors

Some authentic Ikebana baskets may be sold with jidai bakos (or period boxes) along with an inscription that reads "Jidai Jo Tekago" (meaning "period hand basket"). Baskets crafted by Hayakawa Shokosai I commonly feature signatures, while baskets featuring figural carvings are considered to be the most rare among collectors.

The baskets should be kept in their original storage boxes as much as possible.

Ikebana International has several chapters located all over the world, and often hosts conventions, meetings, conferences and exhibitions.


Skinner in Massachusetts sold:

  • Three Japanese Ikebana flower arranging baskets (circa 20th century; 8", 19.5" and 15.5" in height) for $850 in July of 2011.
  • A figural flower arranging Ikebana basket (11.75" in height) formed as a double gourd and set above a root wood base and a modern bentwood stand for $475 in July of 2011.

Michaan's Auctions in Alameda, California sold a lot of four Ikebana baskets, one of which had cracks in its bamboo lining for $100 in November of 2010.

William J. Jenack Auctioneers in Chester, New York sold an Ikebana/root handle basket (circa 20th century; 20" in height) for $35 in November of 2004.


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