Rosewood (huanghuali) and metal
Overall: 40.7 x 41.3 x 35.6 cm (16 x 16 1/4 x 14 in.)
Gift of Miss Mildred F. Walker 1982.117
The top lifts up to gain access to the storage area below and allows the front doors to open, revealing 5 interior drawers.
This small chest fitted with drawers and a tray was used to store seals, cosmetic utensils, or other necessities of daily life. Chests were portable and placed on tables or shelves and were secured with a metal pin inserted through the metal loops on the front panels. The rare tropical hardwood (huanghuali) would have been only affordable to individuals of a higher social status.
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