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V ([personal profile] inkstone) wrote in [community profile] steampunk_nusantara2010-04-12 10:34 am

Abstract of Item: Barrel of Pickled Vegetables

Item is a glass barrel, filled 3/4 full with pickled vegetables in a vinegar solution.

Measurements:
Height: 75cm
Diameter: 65cm

Glass is red in color and inscribed with a large, stylized banyan tree on the side. Lid is similarly inscribed with a twining vine design along the perimeter.

A metal locking mechanism in the shape of an unfurled flower holds the lid latched shut. Metal is of indeterminate origin but color changes depending on how the light hits it, ranging from dark grey to pale gold. A request has been submitted to the metallurgy department for further analysis.

Care must be taken to unlock latch as edges are extremely sharp; shallow cuts occurred during every examination that did not utilize personal protective equipment. Note that any attempt to unlock latch using gloves results in failure. Thus far, only bare hands have yielded success. In the open state, locking mechanism resembles a flower in full bloom.

Pickled vegetables consist of shredded papaya, carrot, ginger, red bell pepper, and onion. No test subjects displayed adverse effects after consuming a small sample. Continued observation of test subjects is recommended for any signs of long-term effects.

The interior of the barrel is noticeably cooler than the ambient, room temperature but there is no sign of a temperature control unit anywhere on or inside barrel. Frost was observed on plates and dishes containing food samples. A sample of the vinegar solution has been submitted to chemistry for analysis.

The following message is inscribed in Tagalog on the interior of the lid:
For those not like us,

We graciously thank you for your continued protection, and the baranggay appreciates your longstanding forbearance.

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