LESSER SUNDA ISLAND BENTWOOD RATTAN LIDDED BOX

Origin: Indonesia, Eastern Java, Lesser Sunda Islands, possibly Sumba      (Provenance: Collection of Mary Memory Santa Monica CA.  Acquired in the 1980's via personal friend Jean Michel Cousteau (Jacques Cousteau's son).  Cousteau acquired it from the National Museum in Port Moresby.)

Period/Date:  Circa 1900

Materials:  Bentwood, rattan, rope, iron loops 

Description:  This beautifully constructed lidded box was for personal use, likely to hold tobacco, tinder, betel nut, and other important items.  It may have been worn on the hip or belt.  It has seen very long and extensive use and has acquired an amazing dark rich varied patina turning to red.  It features terrific rattan work having six bands of thick bent rattan, together with three bands of tightly woven rattan.  The encrusted patina inside the box is impressive and noteworthy. 

Dimensions:   Height 5 3/8"  (13.5 cm), Width 5.5"  (14 cm), Depth 2 3/8" (6 cm)

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