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A basket is a container that is generally made of woven vegetable matter. Typically during the medieval period, this material would be a wood like willow.

Viking Baskets

Boards interpreted as Viking baskets have been recovered that have a wooden base and a wooden lid, which was carved with a basic horse shape. Coil baskets also have been discovered in Viking-age Lund and the Oseberg burial. There is also an undated example from the Farm Beneath the Sand, Greenland.

13-14th Century Baskets

A wicker basket lid from York, with willow rods woven around slats, has been discovered, which is of a unique construction in medieval Europe.

15th Century Baskets

Hieronymus Bosch depicts woven baskets in some of his paintings. These have handles on the side, wooden lids and a strap that loops across the shoulders.

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