Can anyone help me identify this old wooden hand carved box?

ElmoDisasterJune 15, 2011

I have an old box that I received from my grandparents. I have no idea of its original origins. It has no makers mark and appears to be very old. It was containing old papyrus like papers. The box measures about 20" wide by 15" deep by 5" tall.

It has old hinges. The nails appear to be hand made.

Here is some of the old folded papyrus inside.

Here is one of the designs from the carving at the top. A dragon of some kind.

I thought maybe Thailand or China based on the dragon, but I don't really know how or where to start looking. Any ideas?

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I doubt that's papyrus--it looks like handmade paper (papyrus is made from the plith of the papyrus plant.) And the box looks like it was made in India. I don't think it's thousands of years old but it's nice.

Here is a link that might be useful: google image for carved Indian box

    Bookmark   June 16, 2011 at 12:45PM
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I looked around in those Indian boxes for a while trying to find something similar. Is this even a "type" of box so I could find similar stuff? Like these kinds of boxes were made in the 1920s to hold letters or... something like that.

Are dragons consistent with indian designs? I have some indian pieces, but they seem to have gods or elephants or horseback riders, and the like... Are the designs the best way to place the piece, or should I be trying to identify the type of wood used?

Sorry if I have a lot of questions, I'm just very ignorant of antiques or whatever you would classify a box like this as.

    Bookmark   June 16, 2011 at 1:38PM
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Try Balinese carved wooden box.

They have dragons :)

    Bookmark   June 19, 2011 at 10:35PM
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