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This basket is made of vertical, wooden battens around which thin strips of wood have been meticulously woven. This construction is further wrapped in heavy cotton fabric, dyed with indigo blue, and tied with cord. The four handles are made of rope, and then wrapped with the same kind of cord.

The lid is made of thin, wooden planks held together with iron nails. Three ornate hinges that are attached along the diameter of the lid allow half of it to fold up on top of the other half. The base is made of thin, wooden planks and two wooden rails that raise it from the ground. This basket was located in the Library of the monastery, and was used to store scrolls.


Details

Seventeenth - eighteenth century (?)
Height 64 cm, diameter 55 cm
St. Catherine's Monastery Saint Catherine, South Sinai Governorate