box (containers)

The base for a box, circular in shape. The base has a wider rim at the bottom, which has small discs of ivory attached. Along the rim, metal thread has also been embedded into the surface to create decoration. The central section of the base is elevated and divided into seven circular sections. There is a hole through the middle of the central compartment. The surface of the object has been lacquered in black, red, blue and yellow, and has a floral decoration. There are also more abstract designs. Apart from the central compartment, each section has a large ivory disk embedded in the centre. The disks are carved and elaborated. The underside of the base has bands of decoration. The widest band is lacquered in orange and has metal thread embedded into the surface. There are also four more bands, in blue and black lacquer. There is a small chip in the rim of the base. Some of the ivory disks are either broken or have fallen off completely.

Collection Information

These objects are only a part of our collections, of which there are more than 350,000 objects. This information comes from our collections database. Some of this is incomplete and there may be errors. This part of the website is also still under construction, so there may be some fields repeated or incorrectly formatted information.

The database sometimes uses language taken from historical documents to help research, which may now appear outdated and even offensive. The database also includes information on objects that are considered secret or sacred by some communities.

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