Carved Teak Dowry Chest - Manjus From Saurashtra, Gujerat . The front is chip carved in the traditional style.
Traditionally the bride’s family had to offer gifts known as Dowry - to the bridegroom’s family if they were to find a good husband for their daughter. Dowry was normally Gold jewellery and Silk saris but sometimes brass cooking pots and other family treasures were exchanged. In modern times dowry is supposed to have been made an illegal practice, but in reality it is still practised and cars and even washing machines have been known to be exchanged.
144 x 63 x 83 (w x d x h cms)
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