I am so humbled when I study this beautiful vessel that dates to early 20th century Japan. Yes, at first glance it appears to be a basket woven from humble reeds. On staying with the vessel a while its character begins to emerge. Yes, it is an Ikebana object, but the form has the ability to bring out a sense of awe and wonder. The basket is woven of thin bronze wire and wider strips of bronze; not a strand seems to have lost its place in the whole. The form is beautifully balanced; the patina applied with the lightest of touch.
The tight weaving of the wider bronze bands at the center, echo's of a Mandala, perhaps one's personal center, always extending outward and connected to all others.
Have a joyous week-end. It is super hot, hot, hot here. My favorite cousin is visiting from Denver and I can't wait to see her.
Mary & Jones & Cole