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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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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#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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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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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.The hide stitched onto the box is probably yak, crudely stitched with leather. The Tibetans believe that Yak skin dispels bad luck and holds good luck in. The hide also waterproofs the chest and its contents.

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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.The hide stitched onto the box is probably yak, crudely stitched with leather. The Tibetans believe that Yak skin dispels bad luck and holds good luck in. The hide also waterproofs the chest and its contents.

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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.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.

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