Carved Coconut Box

Collection Type

  • Household accessories

Date

1850-1880

GUSN

GUSN-11088

Description

Globe-shaped coconut box with slightly domed circular lid with a turned ebony 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

Descriptive Terms

boxes (containers)
carving (processes)
coconut (fruit)
ebony (wood)
incising
lining (process)
figure- and animal-derived motifs
animals
floral patterns
gadrooning
lunettes
Coconut
Ebony
Lined
Carved
Incised
Mythical Animal
Lunette
Floral
Gadroon
Flute
BOX

Inscription

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"".

Pattern

Floral

Associated Building

Original to Cogswell's Grant (Essex, Mass.),

Related Items

Title Box Lid Accession Number 1991.1493A
Title Accession Number
Title Accession Number

Maker

Unknown

Object Type

Container

Dimensions

9 1/4 x 5 (HxW) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of Bertram K. and Nina Fletcher Little

Accession Number

1991.1493B

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