Singhalese Starred Tortoise Casket
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Directory: Archives: Regional Art: Asian: Indian Subcontinent: Sri Lanka: Pre 1950: item # 1085438
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An unusual Singhalese casket or tea caddy manufactured from the shell of an Indian starred tortoise (geochelone elegans), the interior inlaid with hardwood marquetry, the head and limbs of ebony. Length: 27 cm. I am told this was purchased in Sri Lanka in 1947.
The key turns and locks the casket.