The porringer or ambar/amber was used for transporting the special creamy porridge eaten at weddings and special occasions by the Norwegian people, possibly also for butter. The shape of this example is classic for this variety of folk art, and this one also has notches and projections to seal the lid. Hand-decorated all the way around with 'Hallingdal' (a district in Norway) written on one side. There is a pinwheel or compass-point design etched inside the base. In lovely condition with no damage or repairs. Diameter 6.75 ins (17cm) x height 6.25 ins (16cm). Weight 342 grams. This item can be seen in the book, "Antique Boxes - Inside and Out", on page 105.