A large teak Zanzibar chest with extensive decorative brass studwork forming intricate designs on the lid and front of the chest. There are three frieze drawers and the original brass hinges are in place. The chest has its original lock, which, when turned, makes a bell sound. This was designed to alert the owner of the chest when it was being opened. This is a beautiful highly decorative chest with lovely colour and age.
Such chests were often used to transport dowries and export spices or store coins. Circa 1860, East Africa.
Consistent with age and normal use.
H 45 x W 94 x D 45 cm