From China’s Shaanxi Province, known for its many types of marvelous dumplings, this late Qing woven reed basket opens clamshell fashion to form two large serving bowls. Wide bent willow bands painted with flowers and secured to the basketry with metal studs encircle the top and bottom sections. A metal hasp in the front is used to keep the top and bottom closed, and a metal ring in the back is used to keep the two sections attached when they are used as bowls. This piece shows appropriate wear around the connecting ring in the back but is sturdy and in good condition for its age, an eye-catching example of provincial utilitarian art. Dimensions: diameter 13” (38 cm), height 15” (38 cm).