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