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Coconut Box Lid

1991.1493A (RS21546)

Description

Globe-shaped coconut box with slightly domed circular lid with an ebony turned knop on a bulbous round body raised on a turned ebony shaft and domed coconut base. The lid, body and base are densly carved with animal figures in round or lunette shaped reserves, enclosed by varriously patterned borders including: flowerheads, gadrooning, and flutting.

Details

Maker
unknown
Date
1850-1880
Inscriptions
Incised on the lid and base sides are carved animals identified: ""Hare on lid"", ""Lion, Tiger, Bull, Elephant, Buffalo, Pig, porcupine, Polecat, Hedgehog, Wild Rat and Dog"".
Associated Building
Original to Cogswell's Grant (Essex, Mass.).
Material
carving (processes)
coconut (fruit)
ebony (wood)
incising
lining (process)
Object type
Container
Places
Maine (United States)
Descriptive terms
animals
boxes (containers)
Carved
carving (processes)
Coconut
coconut (fruit)
Ebony
ebony (wood)
figure- and animal-derived motifs
Floral
floral patterns
Flute
Gadroon
gadrooning
Incised
incising
LID
lids
Lined
lining (process)
Lunette
lunettes
Mythical Animal
Dimensions
9 1/4 x 5 (HxW) (inches)
Accession Number
1991.1493A
Credit Line
Gift of Bertram K. and Nina Fletcher Little
GUSN
11087
Related Items
Title Box Accession number 1991.1493B Notes 1991.1493 B BOX Relationship Part of set

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