The other day I made a flickr set called ‘Splint baskets in marketing business‘ – because – I collect pictures with splint baskets – and could from those make this album. So no one should forget this kind of basket – how common in use it was. Nearly every picture is of cause one from the good side of life!
We who love the baskets have a tendency to romanticize the basket. Yes – I do! But nothing human has this pure nature. As opposite examples, I have used
1) that the fortification earth banks in time of war were held up by willow braids of some kind http://www.nwta.com/couriers/8-97/fieldfort.html
2) that a basket was ready to pick up the decapitated head in front of the guillotine. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Guillotinemodels.jpg
My new example is
3) Jesus’ crown of thorns, here in the painter Guido Reni (Bologna 1575-1642) version. It must have been hard even for the maker to handle this! Has anyone tried to recreate one in modern time?