Offerings Basket 
Zhejiang
Bamboo
£105

bian - traditionally a display vessel for dried fruit and nuts: painted yellow in the royal colour of the emperor, painted black to hold symbolic offerings in temples. 

This basket was found in basket maker Qian Ji Huai's workshop in Zhejiang, south east China. He produces traditional and modern basketry designs as well as teaching apprentices the traditional skills past down to him from his father. His handcraft techniques and collection of bamboo curiosities tell an interesting story of this material and its use in Chinese history and culture.

︎︎︎ Woven bamboo painted and varnished
︎︎︎ Wooden base and lid handle
︎︎︎ 29cm tall, diameter 13.5cm