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    Vintage Wood Oil Pot

    It's been a very long time since we've seen one of these at Kashgar. Once common through Bhutan and some parts of India, these oddly shaped pots were used to store mustard oil, ghee and yak butter. In some cases they were used to store lantern oil. Hanging them kept insects and other things away, and the rope or iron handle meant that they could be transported from lamp to lamp with ease.

    This very large and heavy example comes in at 2.4 kg, around double the size of most of these oil pots, and is carved from solid hardwood, in this case teak. Hand beaten iron hinges. Traces of oil encrustation still inside. Age 1900-1920 or earlier.

    Measurements: width 29 cm, depth 12 cm, height 13.5 cm