19th Century Indian Carved Sandalwood Box Elephants Mysore


A finely carved south-Indian sandalwood tea caddy, likely made in Mysore during the second half of the 19th century.

The box is carved with dense scrolling flowers and vines. The lid displays an unusual hunting scene, with an archer and elephant. The hunter is likely Arjuna, the protégée of Krishna, who is often portrayed with a bow and arrow. A similar scene can be seen on a different panel, though this time the hunter is carrying a musket. A selection of other creatures: jackals, bears and deer, also feature in the carving, as well as other Hindu deities.

The condition of the box is good, though there are areas of wear around the hinges. The carving is generally free of damage, though it is unfortunate that later layers of polish have masked the original smell of sandalwood.

Size: 26 x 16 x 11.5cm
Weight: 974g