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Dragon and Peacock Carved Teak Jewelry Box

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Directory: Archives: Regional Art: Pre 2000: Item # 778916

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A carved teak jewelry box with secret compartments and deep carving on richly grained teakwood has the medieval aura of Bhaktapur, Nepal's old city of lavishly carved courtyards in the shadows of the Himalayas. The construction of the box is intriguing, with its 14 compartments, four of them hidden behind a sliding panel that is cleverly integrated with the carving pattern to disguise the entry to secret trays. Carvings of dragons on the lid and two sides, and of a peacock and lotus flowers on each end, are tightly nestled within carved frames. Four carved pillars support of corners of the box. The lid slides out to reveal six compartments, which in turn slide to allow access to four more compartments below them. For an explanation of the secret compartments, see photo enlargement #7. Thick panels of teak were used in the construction of the box to allow for the deep carvings on the sides. This piece, from the late 20th century, is in perfect condition. Dimensions: height 9" (23 cm), width 11" (28 cm), depth 8" (20 cm).