Traditional Travel Trunks, Boxes and Chests from India

Travel trunks, boxes and chests offer a glimpse into the perfect alignment of design and functionality. The Museum has incorporated a wide in artworks, especially in the ones done for the Baggage Belt, where Rajeev Sethi the Scenographer and Curator has collaborated with designers to create a beautiful tableau.
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In Himachal Pradesh such trousseau chests were given to a bride. The region has a rich resource of wood and the local artisans used the wood to make various objects. The extent of the carvings on these items signalled the social status of the owner. #HimachalPradesh, #20thCentury

In Himachal Pradesh such trousseau chests were given to a bride. The region has a rich resource of wood and the local artisans used the wood to make various objects. The extent of the carvings on these items signalled the social status of the owner. #HimachalPradesh, #20thCentury

Craftsmen skilled in working with ivory found in bone an alternative medium and a viable livelihood. Bone #inlay furniture is almost unique to #Jodhpur, Rajasthan. Local artisans procure pre-processed camel bones from workshops located in Sambhal, Uttar Pradesh. The entire surface of this chest features bone work painted with elaborate motifs.#Rajasthan, #20thCentury

Craftsmen skilled in working with ivory found in bone an alternative medium and a viable livelihood. Bone #inlay furniture is almost unique to #Jodhpur, Rajasthan. Local artisans procure pre-processed camel bones from workshops located in Sambhal, Uttar Pradesh. The entire surface of this chest features bone work painted with elaborate motifs.#Rajasthan, #20thCentury

This wooden chest is simple in construction - its frame of solid wood features clean lines and is devoid of carved or metal ornamentation.#Jodhpur, #Rajasthan, #20thCentury

This wooden chest is simple in construction - its frame of solid wood features clean lines and is devoid of carved or metal ornamentation.#Jodhpur, #Rajasthan, #20thCentury

Such boxes are known as pedis in #Orissa and held the dowry given to brides during the wedding ceremony. Pedis are usually decorated with Hindu mythological scenes from or images of musicians and dancers, animals and plants. The painting is usually executed on muslin using water-based pigments.

Such boxes are known as pedis in #Orissa and held the dowry given to brides during the wedding ceremony. Pedis are usually decorated with Hindu mythological scenes from or images of musicians and dancers, animals and plants. The painting is usually executed on muslin using water-based pigments.

Craftsmen skilled in working with ivory found in bone an alternative medium and a viable livelihood. Bone #inlay furniture is almost unique to #Jodhpur, Rajasthan. Local artisans procure pre-processed camel bones from workshops located in Sambhal, Uttar Pradesh. The entire surface of this chest features bone work painted with elaborate motifs.#Rajasthan, #20thCentury

Craftsmen skilled in working with ivory found in bone an alternative medium and a viable livelihood. Bone #inlay furniture is almost unique to #Jodhpur, Rajasthan. Local artisans procure pre-processed camel bones from workshops located in Sambhal, Uttar Pradesh. The entire surface of this chest features bone work painted with elaborate motifs.#Rajasthan, #20thCentury

This large wooden dowry from the Gujarat region, trunk is bound by metal brackets and straps affixed with common hardware. The placement of the straps is unusual in that they are arced rather than straight. #20thCentury

This large wooden dowry from the Gujarat region, trunk is bound by metal brackets and straps affixed with common hardware. The placement of the straps is unusual in that they are arced rather than straight. #20thCentury

he art of hand painted furniture is relatively new to Rajasthan. It emerged as a result of the demands of the burgeoning and profitable export and urban domestic market. Amongst the many products fashioned are chests and boxes such as this example. Their painted surfaces evoke not the style of a particular #Rajput miniature tradition but a hyrbidised amalgam of many. #Jodhpur #Rajasthan, #20thCentury

he art of hand painted furniture is relatively new to Rajasthan. It emerged as a result of the demands of the burgeoning and profitable export and urban domestic market. Amongst the many products fashioned are chests and boxes such as this example. Their painted surfaces evoke not the style of a particular #Rajput miniature tradition but a hyrbidised amalgam of many. #Jodhpur #Rajasthan, #20thCentury

In Himachal Pradesh such trousseau chests were given to a bride. The region has a rich resource of wood and the local artisans used the wood to make various objects. The extent of the carvings on these items signalled the social status of the owner. #HimachalPradesh, #20thCentury

In Himachal Pradesh such trousseau chests were given to a bride. The region has a rich resource of wood and the local artisans used the wood to make various objects. The extent of the carvings on these items signalled the social status of the owner. #HimachalPradesh, #20thCentury

Craftsmen skilled in working with ivory found in bone an alternative medium and a viable livelihood. Bone #inlay furniture is almost unique to #Jodhpur, Rajasthan. Local artisans procure pre-processed camel bones from workshops located in Sambhal, Uttar Pradesh. The entire surface of this chest features bone work painted with elaborate motifs.#Rajasthan, #20thCentury

Craftsmen skilled in working with ivory found in bone an alternative medium and a viable livelihood. Bone #inlay furniture is almost unique to #Jodhpur, Rajasthan. Local artisans procure pre-processed camel bones from workshops located in Sambhal, Uttar Pradesh. The entire surface of this chest features bone work painted with elaborate motifs.#Rajasthan, #20thCentury

Craftsmen skilled in working with ivory found in bone an alternative medium and a viable livelihood. Bone #inlay furniture is almost unique to #Jodhpur, Rajasthan. Local artisans procure pre-processed camel bones from workshops located in Sambhal, Uttar Pradesh. The entire surface of this chest features bone work painted with elaborate motifs.#Rajasthan, #20thCentury

Craftsmen skilled in working with ivory found in bone an alternative medium and a viable livelihood. Bone #inlay furniture is almost unique to #Jodhpur, Rajasthan. Local artisans procure pre-processed camel bones from workshops located in Sambhal, Uttar Pradesh. The entire surface of this chest features bone work painted with elaborate motifs.#Rajasthan, #20thCentury

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