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Traditional Travel Trunks, Boxes and Chests from India

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.
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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

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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

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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

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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

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#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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Storage chests of this type (patara) are part of household furniture in #Kathiawad, the peninsular part the state of #Gujarat. Although commonplace throughout the region and used by all castes, pataras are particularly associated with the Kathi, after whom Kathiawad was named. A patara forms part of a bride's dowry and is used as a receptacle for textiles and other valuables that she brings with her to her new home.The intricacy of the patara’s reflected the stature of the family.

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