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    Majus Dowry Chest From Saurashtra - 19th Century

    A02232

    £1,650

    This beautifully carved and patinated antique Indian dowry chest is a fine example of a majus dowry chest (also spelled majju / manjush). The style is attributed to the Mer community of Saurashtra in Gujarat, Northern India and it dates to the 19th century. These were the most elaborate pieces of furniture found in a Mer household and would have been used as storage chests. 

     

    These elaborate chests were covered in finely carved animals, and are defined by their iconic red lacquer roundall disks which share similarities with Sindh furniture. It's adorned with Mughal style floral and geometric patterns. As is common in much of India, this chest is crafted from solid teak wood. 

     

    As is traditional on these dowry chests, carved horse heads feature heavily on this piece. The two outer horseheads show historic damage. 

     

    Dowry chests from Saurashtra and the surrounding area are known as 'majus'. A dowry was the traditional gift given to the groom's family to ensure the bride found a wealthy and good husband. Dowries were usually jewelry and silk saris but sometimes brass cooking pots and other family treasures were exchanged. Dowries have now been outlawed but in reality, it is still practiced and cars and even washing machines have been known to be exchanged.

     

    A similar example can be seen in "Folk Art & Culture of Gujarat: A Guide to the Collection of the Shreyas Folk Museum of Gujarat" by Jyotindra Jain - figure 198.


    Dimensions:

    125 x 62 x 96 (wxdxh cms)

     

    From India

    UK Delivery Charge - except Highlands & Islands £80
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    Dimensions: W125 x D62 x H96 cm


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    This beautifully carved and patinated antique Indian dowry chest is a fine example of a majus dowry chest (also spelled majju / manjush). The style is attributed to the Mer community of Saurashtra in Gujarat, Northern India and it dates to the 19th century. These were the most elaborate pieces of furniture found in a Mer household and would have been used as storage chests. 

     

    These elaborate chests were covered in finely carved animals, and are defined by their iconic red lacquer roundall disks which share similarities with Sindh furniture. It's adorned with Mughal style floral and geometric patterns. As is common in much of India, this chest is crafted from solid teak wood. 

     

    As is traditional on these dowry chests, carved horse heads feature heavily on this piece. The two outer horseheads show historic damage. 

     

    Dowry chests from Saurashtra and the surrounding area are known as 'majus'. A dowry was the traditional gift given to the groom's family to ensure the bride found a wealthy and good husband. Dowries were usually jewelry and silk saris but sometimes brass cooking pots and other family treasures were exchanged. Dowries have now been outlawed but in reality, it is still practiced and cars and even washing machines have been known to be exchanged.

     

    A similar example can be seen in "Folk Art & Culture of Gujarat: A Guide to the Collection of the Shreyas Folk Museum of Gujarat" by Jyotindra Jain - figure 198.


    Dimensions:

    125 x 62 x 96 (wxdxh cms)

     

    From India

    UK Delivery Charge - except Highlands & Islands £80
    More delivery options available at checkout


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    DISPATCH

    • - Non-furniture Delivery: 2-5 working days

    • - Furniture Delivery: Within 1 - 2 weeks

      (We'll call you to arrange a specific delivery date)

    • Free UK mainland delivery on orders over £100 | Use code "DELIVERY" at checkout

    RETURNS

    • - Hassle Free Returns

    • - Return your order within 28 days for a full refund (excluding delivery charges)

    • - Items must be returned in a resalable condition

    • - Collections can be arranged on request

    • Product Specific delivery charges visible above "Add to Basket" button and in Checkout (scroll up)

    • Additional charges may apply for deliveries to highlands, islands, out of area deliveries and collections. 

    • International Delivery: Please contact us for quotes on individual pieces

    Trade & Wholesale

    Our origins are in wholesale, so from movies to restaurants, retailers to architects, we have a long history of supplying our trade clients with unusual and unique oriental furniture & decorative art. 

    Whether purchasing for resale or buying on behalf of a client, we offer trade discount pricing to:


  • Retail Stores
  • Interior Designers
  • Film & Photo Studios
  • Architects
  • Event Producers

  • For all trade and wholesale enquiries please email us with your contact and business name, company registration number & VAT number (if applicable) to enquiries@indigo-uk.com or call 01672 564722


    For full details, visit our Trade & Wholesale Page

    Prop Hire

    Looking for that one off iconic piece for an event or requiring props for a filming or a photography shoot? You will have seen our oriental antique furniture & decorative art in the James Bond films, The Golden Compass and many others.


    For all prop hire enquiries please send emails to enquiries@indigo-uk.com or call 01672 564722


    For full details, visit our Trade & Wholesale Page

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