Baskets

Following are depictions of baskets, used for carrying different sorts of goods. I've attempted to organize them by function.

See these links on basketry for additional articles on this subject.



BASKETS FOR SEWING KITS

See also the sewing kits and tools and embroiderers elsewhere on this site.


WINNOWING-BASKETS

BASKETS FOR PRODUCE (in marketplace and kitchen scenes)

CAGE-BASKETS FOR LIVE BIRDS

PACK BASKETS (worn on the back, like a backpack)

BASKETS CARRIED ON ONE’S HEAD
  • A woman (possibly a nun?) carries bread or cheese to market in a basket on her head, and carries a rabbit in a handbasket, the Maastricht Hours (Brit. Lib. Stowe 17, fol. 67r), 1st quarter of the 14th century
  • Cabbage (also here, fol. 20), capers (fol. 21v), spinach (fol. 24v), Tacuinum Sanitatis (BNF Latin 9333), 15th century
  • Detail from the August fresco at Castello Buonconsiglio, 1405-1410
  • The Senate, Ad urbe condita (BNF Fr. 262, fol. 3), first quarter of the 15th century
  • A vekke Old me dyde espye,
    Komyng with an owgly cher,
    Vp-on hyr hed, a gret paner.

    Pilgrimage of the Life of Man,
    British Library Stowe 952, c. 1430

  • Detail of a peasant woman carrying eggs in The Nativity by Robert Campin, 1425
  • Boccaccio and the proud, De casibus (BNF 230, fol. 34v), third quarter of the 15th century
  • A peasant woman transports eggs in a basket on her head, and more goods in a handbasket, Armorial de Revel (BNF Fr. 22997, fol. 344), 1456
  • Spinach, Libro de componere herbe et fructi (BNF It. 1108, fol. 55), c. 1471
  • Campania, Secrets of natural history (BNF Fr. 22971, fol. 11), c. 1480-1485
  • The capture of Pontoise, The Vigils of Charles VII (BNF Fr. 5054, fol. 91v), 1484
  • The herring-seller in Les Cris de Paris, c. 1500
  • August, The Hennessey Hours, c. 1530-1540

OTHER MISCELLANEOUS HANDBASKETS

OTHER MISCELLANEOUS TWO-HANDLED BASKETS

OTHER MISCELLANEOUS NO-HANDLED BASKETS