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A Set of Indonesian Nesting Marriage Boxes

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A Set of Indonesian Nesting Marriage Boxes

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A Set of Indonesian Nesting Marriage Boxes

Circa 1900

Measurements of larges container: Height 55 cm Width 55 cm Depth 43 cm (21.75 x 21.75 x 17 in)

The seven graduated boxes fit one inside another and finally into the largest box and are made using traditional methods found throughout the islands of Indonesia. The carcass is made from bamboo to which are attached panels of woven natural, red and black dyed palm leaves with the designs accentuated with small white nassa shells which are individually sewn to the background.

Bibliography:

Pameran Masohi Maluku, pub. Volkenkundig Museum, Delft, 1981

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