An Unusual Finely Carved Wood Double Headed Snuff Box from Sri Lanka

An Unusual Finely Carved Wood Double Headed Snuff Box from Sri Lanka

1800 to 1900 Sri Lanka

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An Unusual Finely Carved Wood Double Headed Snuff Box from Sri Lanka , with ivory teeth and horn eyes depicting a stylised tiger’s head and parrot’s head
19 th Century

Size : 9 cm high , 9 cm wide – 3½ ins high , 3½ ins wide
In the 17 th century the Dutch settlements on the Coromandel Coast and in colonial Ceylon each had a craftsmen's quarter or 'Ambachtskwertier' where European and local cabinet makers worked together under the direction of Dutch foremen .
The indigenous craftsmen's exposure to western goods grew with the expansion of the Portuguese , Dutch and English presence in Ceylon . By the 19 th century the convergence of a diverse range of objects and the decorative traditions and techniques of the European colonialists had created an atmosphere that was conducive to both artistic and technical exchange , as evidenced in this unusual double headed snuff box .
Dimensions
Height 9.00 cm (3.54 inches)
Width 9.00 cm (3.54 inches)
Medium
Wood
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