Traditional Travel Trunks, Boxes and Chests from India
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Travel trunks, boxes and chests offer a glimpse into the perfect alignment of design and functionality. The Museum has incorporated a wide in artworks, especially in the ones done for the Baggage Belt, where Rajeev Sethi the Scenographer and Curator has collaborated with designers to create a beautiful tableau.
In Himachal Pradesh such trousseau chests were given to a bride. The region has a rich resource of wood and the local artisans used the wood to make various objects. The extent of the carvings on these items signalled the social status of the owner. #HimachalPradesh, #20thCentury

In Himachal Pradesh such trousseau chests were given to a bride. The region has a rich resource of wood and the local artisans used the wood to make various objects. The extent of the carvings on these items signalled the social status of the owner.

Craftsmen skilled in working with ivory found in bone an alternative medium and a viable livelihood. Bone #inlay furniture is almost unique to #Jodhpur, Rajasthan. Local artisans procure pre-processed camel bones from workshops located in Sambhal, Uttar Pradesh. The entire surface of this chest features bone work painted with elaborate motifs.#Rajasthan, #20thCentury

Craftsmen skilled in working with ivory found in bone an alternative medium and a viable livelihood. Bone #inlay furniture is almost unique to #Jodhpur, Rajasthan. Local artisans procure pre-processed camel bones from workshops located in Sambhal, Uttar Pradesh. The entire surface of this chest features bone work painted with elaborate motifs.#Rajasthan, #20thCentury

This wooden chest is simple in construction - its frame of solid wood features clean lines and is devoid of carved or metal ornamentation.#Jodhpur, #Rajasthan, #20thCentury

This wooden chest is simple in construction - its frame of solid wood features clean lines and is devoid of carved or metal ornamentation.

In Himachal Pradesh such trousseau chests were given to a bride. The region has a rich resource of wood and the local artisans used the wood to make various objects. The extent of the carvings on these items signalled the social status of the owner. #HimachalPradesh, #20thCentury

In Himachal Pradesh such trousseau chests were given to a bride. The region has a rich resource of wood and the local artisans used the wood to make various objects. The extent of the carvings on these items signalled the social status of the owner.

Such boxes are known as pedis in #Orissa and held the dowry given to brides during the wedding ceremony. Pedis are usually decorated with Hindu mythological scenes from or images of musicians and dancers, animals and plants. The painting is usually executed on muslin using water-based pigments.

Such boxes are known as pedis in #Orissa and held the dowry given to brides during the wedding ceremony. Pedis are usually decorated with Hindu mythological scenes from or images of musicians and dancers, animals and plants. The painting is usually executed on muslin using water-based pigments.

Craftsmen skilled in working with ivory found in bone an alternative medium and a viable livelihood. Bone #inlay furniture is almost unique to #Jodhpur, Rajasthan. Local artisans procure pre-processed camel bones from workshops located in Sambhal, Uttar Pradesh. The entire surface of this chest features bone work painted with elaborate motifs.#Rajasthan, #20thCentury

Craftsmen skilled in working with ivory found in bone an alternative medium and a viable livelihood. Bone #inlay furniture is almost unique to #Jodhpur, Rajasthan. Local artisans procure pre-processed camel bones from workshops located in Sambhal, Uttar Pradesh. The entire surface of this chest features bone work painted with elaborate motifs.#Rajasthan, #20thCentury

This large wooden dowry from the Gujarat region, trunk is bound by metal brackets and straps affixed with common hardware. The placement of the straps is unusual in that they are arced rather than straight. #20thCentury

This large wooden dowry from the Gujarat region, trunk is bound by metal brackets and straps affixed with common hardware. The placement of the straps is unusual in that they are arced rather than straight.

he art of hand painted furniture is relatively new to Rajasthan. It emerged as a result of the demands of the burgeoning and profitable export and urban domestic market. Amongst the many products fashioned are chests and boxes such as this example. Their painted surfaces evoke not the style of a particular #Rajput miniature tradition but a hyrbidised amalgam of many. #Jodhpur #Rajasthan, #20thCentury

he art of hand painted furniture is relatively new to Rajasthan. It emerged as a result of the demands of the burgeoning and profitable export and urban domestic market. Amongst the many products fashioned are chests and boxes such as this example. Their painted surfaces evoke not the style of a particular #Rajput miniature tradition but a hyrbidised amalgam of many. #Jodhpur #Rajasthan, #20thCentury

#Tibetan monastic boxes were used in the store rooms of monasteries to hold the brocades,ornaments, and other precious objects that were not used every day. These chests were often offered to the monastery by a sponsor, or were also commissioned by the monastic authorities themselves.On the front are represented a number of coloured gems guarded by the mythological beast, #Zeeba or #Zipak, flanked by a pair of rabbits.

#Tibetan monastic boxes were used in the store rooms of monasteries to hold the brocades,ornaments, and other precious objects that were not used every day. These chests were often offered to the monastery by a sponsor, or were also commissioned by the monastic authorities themselves.On the front are represented a number of coloured gems guarded by the mythological beast, #Zeeba or #Zipak, flanked by a pair of rabbits.

Craftsmen skilled in working with ivory found in bone an alternative medium and a viable livelihood. Bone #inlay furniture is almost unique to #Jodhpur, Rajasthan. Local artisans procure pre-processed camel bones from workshops located in Sambhal, Uttar Pradesh. The entire surface of this chest features bone work painted with elaborate motifs.#Rajasthan, #20thCentury

Craftsmen skilled in working with ivory found in bone an alternative medium and a viable livelihood. Bone #inlay furniture is almost unique to #Jodhpur, Rajasthan. Local artisans procure pre-processed camel bones from workshops located in Sambhal, Uttar Pradesh. The entire surface of this chest features bone work painted with elaborate motifs.#Rajasthan, #20thCentury

Craftsmen skilled in working with ivory found in bone an alternative medium and a viable livelihood. Bone #inlay furniture is almost unique to #Jodhpur, Rajasthan. Local artisans procure pre-processed camel bones from workshops located in Sambhal, Uttar Pradesh. The entire surface of this chest features bone work painted with elaborate motifs.#Rajasthan, #20thCentury

Craftsmen skilled in working with ivory found in bone an alternative medium and a viable livelihood. Bone #inlay furniture is almost unique to #Jodhpur, Rajasthan. Local artisans procure pre-processed camel bones from workshops located in Sambhal, Uttar Pradesh. The entire surface of this chest features bone work painted with elaborate motifs.#Rajasthan, #20thCentury

In South Asia it was an ancient convention to cover royal objects with gold and silver, which were not only valuable materials but also considered to be pure and worthy of kings. By extension, similarly treated objects were prized possessions and indicators of status. They were often reserved for ceremonial use - as container for gifts, dowry objects and ritual offerings. The entire surface of this wooden storage box is encased by silver sheet metal further embellished with gold plated…

In South Asia it was an ancient convention to cover royal objects with gold and silver, which were not only valuable materials but also considered to be pure and worthy of kings. By extension, similarly treated objects were prized possessions and indicators of status. They were often reserved for ceremonial use - as container for gifts, dowry objects and ritual offerings. The entire surface of this wooden storage box is encased by silver sheet metal further embellished with gold plated…

Rajasthan (Jodhpur) as well as Punjab (Jalandhar, Amritsar and Hoshiarpur districts) are renowned for such #inlay work. The painstakingly executed floral patterns are of #Persian inspiration, introduced to India by the #Mughals and adopted into the Indian - and especialy Rajput - vernacular design idiom. #Rajasthan, #20thCentury

Rajasthan (Jodhpur) as well as Punjab (Jalandhar, Amritsar and Hoshiarpur districts) are renowned for such #inlay work. The painstakingly executed floral patterns are of #Persian inspiration, introduced to India by the #Mughals and adopted into the Indian - and especialy Rajput - vernacular design idiom. #Rajasthan, #20thCentury

#Tibetan monastic boxes were used in the store rooms of monasteries to hold the brocades,ornaments, and other precious objects that were not used every day. These chests were often offered to the monastery by a sponsor, or were also commissioned by the monastic authorities themselves.A plain wide red border frames the field, painted to resembled a stretched tiger skin, symbolising the animal spirit's protection of the chest and its contents.

#Tibetan monastic boxes were used in the store rooms of monasteries to hold the brocades,ornaments, and other precious objects that were not used every day. These chests were often offered to the monastery by a sponsor, or were also commissioned by the monastic authorities themselves.A plain wide red border frames the field, painted to resembled a stretched tiger skin, symbolising the animal spirit's protection of the chest and its contents.

The lift handles as well as the lock suggest the chest was crafted for portability. It may have been used as a strong box or for storage of valuables and personal belongings..#Rajasthan, #Late20thCentury

The lift handles as well as the lock suggest the chest was crafted for portability. It may have been used as a strong box or for storage of valuables and personal belongings.

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