Made of handbeaten copper, lidded urns in this design continue to be used for household water storage in Kathmandu, Nepal, where many homes do not have running water. Daily trips to community wells are made, usually by women, who carry water home in narrow necked vessels, then pour it into containers like this. Copper vessels of all sorts still are made in Patan, the artisan section of the city, where small back streets echo with the sounds of copper and other metals being beaten into bowls, pots, utensils, vats and urns. In Western homes, this large, handsome container looks great holding long-stemmed flowers (see photo enlargement), or functions well as an umbrella stand or unusual waste basket, and is a glimpse into life in a contemporary city where, for many residents, water is considerably more complicated than turning a tap. The urn is in excellent condition. Dimensions: height 16-1/2" (42 cm), diameter 11-1/2" (30 cm). The bottom diameter is 8" (20 cm); top diameter 8-1/2" (22 cm).