Shekhawati Chest WOCS81930
Shekhawati Chest WOCS81930
Scaramanga believes this wonderful antique Shekhawati chest has the capacity to enhance the ambience of any living space.
Shekhawati furniture is considered to be one of the most ornate style of furniture found across India. The Shekawati region is particularly famed for its decorative and opulent old merchant's houses. This style of furniture originally belonged to the Royal homes in Rajasthan and the Shekawati style of furniture reflects this in the exquisite manner they reflect this bygone era.
This box and other Shekhawati furniture from the region show a high level of carving and brass workmanship. This chest has a Hindu swastik on the inside of the lid. See our notes below about its significance.
Why not consider an od brass padlock to complete the look?
Size: W39cm x D29cm x H19cm.
Our chests, trunks, coffers and boxes may have marks, scratches, and show variation in colour, which are consistent with their age and original use.
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The symbols on the inside of the chest is the ancient Hindu sauvastika symbol meaning in Sanskrit: 'conducive to well being' also know as a swastika. It is a common symbol in India / Asia and was not carved / made with any association with Nazism. It is very common to find such symbols above doors, windows, temples in India, where we source much of our antique furniture and interiors.
In India the swastika continues to be the most widely used auspicious symbol of Hindus, Jainas, and Buddhists. Among the Jainas it is the emblem of their seventh Tirthankara (saint) and is also said to remind the worshipper by its four arms of the four possible places of rebirth—in the animal or plant world, in hell, on Earth, or in the spirit world.
The Hindus (and also Jainas) use the swastika to mark the opening pages of their account books, thresholds, doors, and offerings. A clear distinction is made between the right-hand swastika, which moves in a clockwise direction, and the left-hand swastika (more correctly called the sauvastika), which moves in a counterclockwise direction. The right-hand swastika is considered a solar symbol and imitates in the rotation of its arms the course taken daily by the Sun, which in the Northern Hemisphere appears to pass from east, then south, to west. The left-hand swastika more often stands for night, the terrifying goddess Kālī, and magical practices.
In the Buddhist tradition the swastika symbolizes the feet, or the footprints, of the Buddha. It is often placed at the beginning and end of inscriptions, and modern Tibetan Buddhists use it as a clothing decoration. With the spread of Buddhism, the swastika passed into the iconography of China and Japan, where it has been used to denote plurality, abundance, prosperity, and long life.
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