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A classic hanakago, early 20th century

A classic hanakago, early 20th century

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Definition: a Japanese bamboo basket, used for flowers and floral arrangements; traditionally tall and slim (like a vase), with long, looped handles, but could be of varying shapes, including half-moon, boats or more fancifully of insects or animals; often made of different colors of bamboo woven in fanciful patterns; dating from the Muromachi period (1392-1573), they were often used in tea ceremonies

Also Known As: ikebana basket

Pronunciation: han-a-kay-go

Example: The finely woven bamboo of the hanakago was the perfect vessel for a few delicate orchid stems.

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