Posted by: softypapa | December 23, 2007

Ikebana Plant Stem Holder – Circles Kenzan Flower Frog

Ikebana Plant Stem Holder Circles Kenzan Flower Frog Japan Japanese Tokaido Softypapa

Ikebana Plant Stem Holder Circles Kenzan Flower Frog Japan Japanese Tokaido Softypapa

Ikebana Plant Stem Holder Circles Kenzan Flower Frog Japan Japanese Tokaido Softypapa 

Description

Vintage Japanese kenzan “flower frog” plant stem holder for use with Ikebana flower arrangements.  This heavy metal device takes the form of overlapping circles creating numerous slots which are used to hold plant stems when arranging floral elements in an ikebana flower arrangement.  The holder is in good condition with no cracks though there are some dents as well as marks and scratches from past use.  This kenzan dates from the mid to late Japanese Showa period (1926-1989) and was acquired in the historic city of Shizuoka, Japan near the foot of Mt. Fuji.

Size:
Height: 1.0 inches (2.6 centimeters)
Length: 3.4 inches (8.6 centimeters)
Width: 2.0 inches (5.2 centimeters)
Weight: 16.6 ounces (474 grams)

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More about Japanese Flower Arrangement – Ikebana

Interest in flower arrangement began in Japan during the early part of the 6th century, when Buddhist monks began to decorate temple altars with beautiful floral displays.  By the 8th century people began to enjoy viewing flower arrangements outside a religious setting and the practice of flower arrangement became a pastime of the elite classes.  Over time a number of Ikebana (the way of flowers) schools developed advocating various techniques and aesthetic principals.  The oldest of these is the Ikenobo school, with a lineage of masters longer than any European royal family.  Completed Ikebana arrangements are normally displayed in the home within a special alcove called a tokonoma, possibly with a scroll or other work of art.  Such displays commonly reflect the mood of the season and are typically enjoyed over tea and traditional Japanese sweets.  Ikebana flower arrangement has become more international in recent decades, with students from countries around the world enjoying the art of expression through flowers

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item code: R2S6-0003621
ship code: L1650

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