Antique Chinese Pillow Box
Shanxi, circa 1860
This old wooden box is from Shanxi province and dates from the mid 19th century. Traditionally boxes like this, with a distinctive concave lid, were used to hold valuables when travelling. The owner of the box would use it as a pillow when sleeping, ensuring that the contents were kept safe as he slept. The old dark finish on this box is now worn and the simple brass clasp looks to have been added as a replacement at some point - the area where the earlier square clasp would have been is clearly visible.
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