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Woven bamboo basket

Early 20th century

Woven bamboo basket1Origin: Zhejiang province

  • bamboo
  • 355mm wide x 290mm deep x 440mm high
  • $120

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Baskets like these were used to carry fruit and vegetables. This piece is woven with fine bamboo strips. The body of the basket has been coated with traditional lacquer derived from a tree sap mixed with red and black dyes. The calligraphy says reciprocal giving and receiving of hospitality. There is a peach blossom motif on the carrier symbolising long life.

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