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Rectangular, footed brass box with hinged, pyramid-shaped lid. The lid of the box is decorated with several different designs including straight and wavy lined patterns. In the centre of each of the four side panels of the lid are six spirals designs, three on either side of a centre line. There are four ‘balls’ on each panel, two at the bottom corners and two on at the top. A curvilinear shaped handle is fixed at the top of the lid. The lid is hinged to the body of the box on the back side and on the front side there is a hinged, loop-shaped latch which closes over a corresponding fixed loop-shaped protrusion extending from the front of the body. The main body of the box has a open work pattern that resembles a cage. There are also three ‘balls’ along each of the four vertical edges of the box. The box rest on four small feet, one in each of the four corners.

History Of Use

With money stuffed inside, such an item might be sent with a new bride when she moves to her in-law's house.

Specific Techniques

This box was made using the "dhokra" or lost-wax technique used in Bengal and some parts of Bihar and Orissa States.

Item History

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