Highlands & Islands

Isle of Lewis peat basket feature of exhibition in China

Peat basket Image copyright Neil Hanna

A basket traditionally used for carrying cut peat is part of a new exhibition of Scottish artefacts and artworks in China.

Called a cliabh, the basket is from a blackhouse at Arnol on the Isle of Lewis.

Blackhouse - stone wall, thatched roof houses - were built in the Western Isles by generations of crofting families until 1900, and continued to be lived in for decades after that.

A tairsgeir, a tool used for cutting peat, has also been provided by Historic Environment Scotland for the exhibition, Romantic Scotland.

The items are among almost 100 objects, paintings and photographs from collections held by HES and National Galleries of Scotland that have been flown 5,000 miles to China for the display in Nanjing.

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