Chinese Dowry Chest
Shanxi, circa 1850
This lovely, large chest would once have belonged to a Chinese bride, used to hold her dowry or food for the wedding celebrations. The chest is split into three sections, each removable and sitting one on top of the other with a wooden lid on above. Made from pine wood, it would once have been finished in a black lacquer but this has largely worn away to the pale wood underneath. The thick base is made up of carved panels on each side and the wooden carrying handle is also carved. The square shaped hold in the middle of the handle was designed to take a pole, so that the heavy chest and its contents could be easily transported by two people. Still with its original iron hardware, the chest is in excellent condition given its age and would make a lovely conversation piece as well as providing useful storage.
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