tray (containers)

The inner tray for a box, circular in shape. The surface of the tray is lacquered in red, orange, yellow and blue. The decoration consists of floral patterning, and more abstract designs. There are seven circular compartments in the tray, the inside of which are lacquered in red. Apart from the central compartment, each one has a disk of ivory embedded into the centre. There are also smaller ivory disks surrounding the compartments, some of which have either broken away or become completely detached. The disks have been carved and elaborated. The underside of the tray has bands of patterning in lacquer work. Metal thread has also been embedded into the surface of the object. The middle compartment of the tray has the remains of a stick, possibly used to attach all three parts of the object together.

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