Item sold on 2017-12-30 - Shipped on 2018-01-12
Shipper: ZZ - RICK HILL (336-848-1214)
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A spectacular dowry chest was hand carved in Java for a wealthy young woman, symbolic horse heads and wheels allowed it to roll to her new home after marriage.
Entirely hand hewn of solid teak about 75 years ago, the worn paint is charming and has been waxed and buffed. There are tin and iron mounts plus tiny round mirrors, smokey and some cracked. On the top is a trap door compartment for valuables, fitted with a hasp which could be secured with a padlock.
Wheels roll poorly, perhaps to keep this heavy chest from being easily stolen. It would have contained a traditional dowry of jewelry, silver and hand stitched linen. As the most important piece of furniture in the house, it would have been given a prominent place of honor in the former Dutch East Indies.
Measurements are 49" long, 28" deep and 49" high.
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