This is a lovely vintage French bee skep. A bee skep is a woven basket used as a bee hive. Bee skeps have been used for about 2000 years. The inside of the skep is open and the bees produce their own honeycomb and attach it to the interior walls. The term skep dates back to the 15th century and derives from the Norse word skeppa, meaning a container and a measure for grain equivalent to half a bushel. Maison & Co. loves the French bee skep for its humble charm and simplicity. Consider a vintage bee skep to add interest to your garden or home.