Antique Indian Malabar "Nettur Petti" Jewellery Box
Antique Indian Malabar "Nettur Petti" Jewellery Box
Antique Indian Malabar "Nettur Petti" Jewellery Box
Antique Indian Malabar "Nettur Petti" Jewellery Box
Antique Indian Malabar "Nettur Petti" Jewellery Box
Antique Indian Malabar "Nettur Petti" Jewellery Box
Antique Indian Malabar "Nettur Petti" Jewellery Box
Antique Indian Malabar "Nettur Petti" Jewellery Box
Antique Indian Malabar "Nettur Petti" Jewellery Box
Antique Indian Malabar "Nettur Petti" Jewellery Box
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Antique Indian Malabar "Nettur Petti" Jewellery Box

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This wooden box with brass fittings is popularly known as a 'dowry box', and comes from the Malabar region of South India. Such boxes were given to a bride by her parents on the occasion of her wedding, containing jewellery, money and other valuables. The shape of the box resembles a house, and therefore is very symbolic of the new home that the bride will be going to. The brass work on the front and back of the lid of this box is shaped artistically, and there is a decorative latch.

This box is quite special in that the top has been carved out of a single piece of wood. The brass work is of excellent quality and is hand beaten, though unfortunately 2 pieces are missing as you can see in the photographs. The box is old and light in weight, unlike more recent reproductions. Such boxes were always considered prized possessions by their owners.