Willow Storage Box
Shanxi, circa 1900
This charming little storage box is made from willow, the curved handle made by steaming the wood to a pliable state. Traces of the original reddish brown finish are still visible, though now largely worn down to the pale wood underneath. The box also still has the old heavy studs and ironware in place. Originally used a food carrying box, it has two separate sections (used to hold different foods) as well as a shallow lid.