Unlike Jars and Vases, lanterns can have such lovely details in their metal frames, plus they can be quite large too which makes for a dramatic display. They come in many styles. This one is deep and wide which allows space for a Sea Fan, should you have been so lucky to find a treasure like that.
You know this Morrocan look seems to tie back into the Mad Man look so popular in furnishings, clothes now. I think it connects to Pan Am and International Travel made accessible to the masses of travelers. I think we are, in some small way reaching back in time to those days when we dreamed of touching the stars and the moon.