Vintage Moroccan Dowry Chest with polished Camel bone and silver
Vintage Moroccan Dowry ChestThis beautiful vintage Dowry chest has been handmade from cedarwood from the Atlas Mountains and decorated with polished camel bone. It also features ornate filigreed Moroccan silver work and has an elaborate latch which has been crafted from silver, brass and copper metals. The latch also displays handcarving in the traditional style of Tuareg silversmiths. It also includes several pieces of turquoise in the decoration on this latch. Panels of polished camel bone have been used extensively in the decoration on this lovely Dowry chest. The bone has been handcut into panels of flowers and alternated with panels of geometric pieces of polished bone. The chest stands on four raised feet which have also been decorated with polished bone. Turquoise stones feature in the decoration on the Dowry chest. Traditionally this would have been used as a Dowry chest passed from mother to daughter. This is a very special piece of furniture.
History of the Dowry ChestsWithin Moroccan cultures, over centuries it has been the custom for new brides to bring with them on their marriage not only money, but also linen, personal clothes and jewellery. These goods were packed into a Dowry chest, traditionally made of wood and decorated ornately to show off as a status symbol when the bride arrived at her new home. Across the Middle East where homes traditionally were sparsely furnished, a Dowry chest such as this one, would have been used as a practical piece of furniture in the bedroom or living area. Size: 61cm x 25cm x 21cm
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