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Rattan Basket with Legs

Collected by the musuem in the early 1950s, it was most likely used during the late 19th and early 20th centuries

Museum of Ethnic Cultures, Minzu University of China

Museum of Ethnic Cultures, Minzu University of China

Rattan baskets are breathable, which makes them great food storage containers. When making the baskets, people usually peal the skin off the core of the rattan vine. The skin is tough but flexible, while the rattan cores are hard enough to provide support. Therefore, rattan skins are used to weave the body of the basket, while the cores are used to make the frame. The four legs of the basket give room under the bottom, which not only protect the bottom from abrasion, extending its lifetime of usage, but also protects the food from moisture.

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  • Title: Rattan Basket with Legs
  • Date: Collected by the musuem in the early 1950s, it was most likely used during the late 19th and early 20th centuries
  • Provenance: Museum of Ethnic Cultures, Minzu University of China
  • Original Source: http://bwg.muc.edu.cn/
  • object type: Daily Utensil
  • ethnic group: Taiwanese Ethnic Minorities

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