Bamboo basket for the ikebana flower arrangement, made by Katsushiro Sōhō (b. 1934). Using bamboo with a red-brown patina, Sōhō plaited the basket base with free-style double hexagonal plaiting and the body with free-style square plaiting and wrapping. The incised signature on the bottom reads Sōhō saku (Made by Sōhō)
Born to a farming family in Tochigi Prefecture, Katsushiro Sōhō began learning bamboo weaving in 1949 and became an independent artist six years later. In 1968 he embarked on a period of study under Saitō Bunseki, which enabled him to start exploring the artistic potential of his chosen medium. He was named a Living National Treasure in 2005.
Sōhō's work is in the collections of numerous institutions, including the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, and Minneapolis Institute of Art.