rice container; food carrier (carrier (food processing & storage)); lid (food processing & storage)

Shan basket for carrying cooked rice to the fields. On a foot formed of 2 lengths of wood crossing one another at the centre. A hole at each of the 4 ends of the cross, through which a strip of bamboo is inserted, lashing the basket at each corner to the front. The base of the basket is formed is square, formed of twill-woven bamboo strips on the inside, rising vertically and then narrowing to form a round neck and circular opening, the outer skin of finer strips also twill-woven. A lid, circular at the lower edge, forms a square at the top reinforced by a cross of splints attached to each corner. These would form 4 feet if the lid was upturned and used as a container. At two opposite sides of both basket and lid are small integral loops through which a cord could be passed, to go under and above the basket to form a carrying handle, though no such cord is present.

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