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Wonderful Ebony Box

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A wonderful example of a Ceylonesian solid ebony (Diospyros Celebica) box deeply carved on all sides in a pattern of meandering lotus leaves and flowers.

The lid opens to reveal a lift out tray of twelve compartments, each with a lid inlaid with banding of ebony and ivory dividing specimens of the beautiful  local timbers, to the inside of the lid is inlaid an ivory profile of the Sri Lankan elephant, a symbol of the southern Sri Lankan port town of Galle. Retaining the original functioning lock and key.

A similar box with this deep carving is on display in the National Museum of Sri Lanka, Colombo.

w:16.5 in x d:11.5 in x h:6.25 in 

 

Item Code: 3901

£ 2650

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