Indonesian Art Vintage Carved and Painted Wood Box
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This handsome vintage box was hand made and hand painted in Indonesia. Crafted of mahogany with a warm brown stain, nicely made, the rectangular form has rounded, beveled edges on both the lid and the bottom. The long sides of the box are each painted with a bird with elaborate feathers. One end panel is also decorated, while the hinged end is not. The four corners of the lid have scrolled designs, but the focal point of the lid is, of course, the sculpted mask, with its classic arched eyebrows, protruding eyes, a long nose flattened at the tip and pointy lips. The face is decorated with an animal of some sort on the forehead and almost-matching designs on each cheek.
The box is in very good condition, both the wood and the designs adorning it. The lid and the base measure 4 3/4 inches wide and 7 3/4 inches long. The box itself is about 3 inches tall; the carved face adds another 1 1/2 inches or so in height. The interior measurements are 3 inches by 5 3/4 inches and the box weighs almost 1 1/2 pounds. The metal hinge probably had previously been used when it was installed on the box. The left bottom edge of the top section of the hinge has separated from the bottom part, which makes it slightly uneven and fragile. We have left it as found, but unless the hinge is replaced (which is a simple task), we do not recommend the box be used for storage, which would mean opening and closing the lid often. Rather, it should be displayed as the work of art that it is.