An Ikebana Vase: Root Form and Copper Inserts
ca. early to mid twentieth century
14 1/2" x 12" x 7", 37 cm x 30.5 cm x 18 cm
This lovely, almost free-form flower stand is meant for an ikebana arrangement.
The vessel is carved from a tree root; the surface has been cleaned and polished and the root itself has been re-worked so as to hold two cup receptacles for the flowers it will bear.
Each of the two hollows are fitted with a copper cylinder which can hold water; these cylinders seem to be fitted snug enough into the vase that they will not come loose.
The strangely asymmetrical shape of the flower holder immediately inspires thoughts and creativity: what flowers to arrange and how to do it?
A very attractive natural form which serves a functional--albeit esoteric--pursuit.