Rich auburn elmwood with a satin smooth surface makes this late 19th century hand-hewn Chinese food box an especially attractive shelf or table accent piece. It is constructed of shaped staves fitted tightly together and held with flat brass bands around the foot and the widest part of the vessel. Carvings on the side handles of lotus buds on long stems, both Taoist and Buddhist emblems of perfection, are appropriate for a food box because every part of the lotus plant is deemed edible by the Chinese. The lid is topped with a brass ring and the inside of the lid is fitted with crossed wood rungs to keep it in place. This piece is in excellent condition. Dimensions: diameter 12” (30.5 cm), height 9 ½” (24 cm).