An antique Dhokra or Dokra box from Orissa with extraordinary patina.
Estimated to be from the 1800sby a local metalsmith tribe.(Do compare this piece with other Dokra boxes available on the internet.) The last photo shows a nick on the right vertical edge that exposes the original material. The patina has also rubbed off at the latch hook - and the original shine is visible there too (Pic 7).
Some nicks, some red patina (it is not rust as this is not iron (tested with a magnet)), the latch is not tight and the top fits but needs a little adjusting to close properly. This imperfection is chaming!
The piece is hand made way before precision tools were available.
Dokra is nonäóÁí_íÍferrous metal casting using the lost was casting technique and has been practiced by the metalsmith tribes of Odisha for centuries. Each piece is individually made by hand and has its own unique character.
8.5 x 6.5 x 11cm
This item has spent a lifetime being used for the purpose of its creation with the original artist/user.Signs of this life lived heartily may be present on the piece in the form of stains, thread loss, loose threads, holes, tears, color run and other imperfections.Therefore the condition must be assumed to be “not” perfect. More photos of such imperfections will be provided on request.