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Vintage Camel bone and Filigree Brass Dowry chest

This beautiful vintage Dowry chest is decorated with polished camel bone and inlaid with panels of filigree brass work. Some of the camel bone has been decorated with kohl tribal designs. The latch and handles are composed of camel bone. The cedarwood has been lined with camel skin leather, which displays signs of wear indicative of it's age. Traditionally this would have been used as a Dowry chest, passed from mother to daughter. For centuries it has been the custom for women to bring with them on marriage not only money, but also linen, personal clothes and jewelry. These goods were packed into the Dowry chest, traditionally made of wood and decorated with bone or as richly as means would allow, to show it off as a status symbol when the bride arrived at her new home. Across the Middle East, where houses were traditionally sparsely furnished, such a dowry chest would often be placed in the woman’s area, where it could quietly continue to announce its status and serve as an item of practical furniture.   Size: 40cm x 24cm x30cm

$950.00

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