box (containers)

A highly decorated box made of wood, which is dark in colour, with a hinged lid and small, hinged compartment at the top. The box is decorated with gilded metal work in the form of leaves and vines, and is decorated with semi-precious gemstones in red, orange and white tones. There is more gilded metal on the corners of the body, each depicting a human face. The box stands on four gold-coloured feet. The two compartments are lined with magenta velvet. On the underside of the lid to the main compartment, is a mirror in a dark, wooden frame.

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