Chinese skill at basketry is on display in this late Qing woven bamboo lantern basket. Colored a rich, dark red, the ovoid form, set on a gold-colored bent bamboo base and topped with a tall bent handle, is a striking piece of utilitarian folk art. Six different weaving techniques are incorporated to add to the tactile quality. The basket maker, or perhaps the basket's owner, added calligraphy, four characters on the lid and four on the base, to the container which was used to carry lantern lighting tools. This late 19th century basket is in excellent condition. Dimensions: height 18" (46 cm), depth 13" (33 cm).