Tsuge Ikebana: Partially Sandblasted Elephant's Foot with Bamboo (Kikuchi) (D)
Product Number: 002-623-4442
The exterior bowl dimensions of 1.76" tall by 1.81" wide speak of 'Shield', as does the rounded front of the bowl, complete with a beautiful bulge featuring a nova-like burst of birdseye. As with any properly made Elephant's Foot, cross-grain features a starring role, and just look at the quality of the same revealed by Asami's delicate blasting. To my tastes, the apex of beauty is best appreciated in direct profile, wherein the nuances of the bowl shape and insanely graceful interaction with the shank can best be observed. Here Asami Kikuchi imbues the form with the very essence of Ikebana; "The Flowers of the Pipe World". We can see it in the vase like profile of the bowl, as well as in the poignantly graceful arc of the shank and stem. Indeed, the latter is a perfect representation of a slender leaf, buoyed by the perfect 'trigger pressure' found on a well-tended plant. Awesome stuff!
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Measurements & Other Details
- Length: 6.49 in./164.85 mm.
- Weight: 1.30 oz./36.85 g.
- Bowl Height: 1.76 in./44.70 mm.
- Chamber Depth: 1.25 in./31.75 mm.
- Chamber Diameter: 0.69 in./17.53 mm.
- Outside Diameter: 1.81 in./45.97 mm.
- Stem Material: Vulcanite
- Filter: None
- Shape: Freehand
- Finish: Partial Sandblast
- Material: Briar
- Country: Japan