This is a very decorative Gujarati Pithara - Dowry Chest.
Constructed from Teakwood, it's brass bound and dates from the mid 19thC.
Originally it would have been a very huge and very heavy piece of furniture, it has been reduced in depth to make it practical for modern day living
Traditionally the bride’s family had to offer gifts to the bridegroom’s family if they were to find a good husband for their daughter. Dowry was mostly 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. In reality it is still practised and cars and even washing machines have been known to be exchanged.
148 x 46 x 85 (wxdxh cms)
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