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five pieces of a wooden chest
  • Maranao peoples
  • five pieces of a wooden chest, late 1800s–1959
  • Where object was made: Lanao del Sur, Philippines
  • wood, mother of pearl, staining, metal, inlay
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: a 79 x 33.5 x 3 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: a 31 1/8 x 13 3/16 x 1 1/8 in
  • Gift of Charles K. Warriner
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3269.a-e

There are three flat sides of a wooden chest. One thin piece is broken from one of the flat pieces and there is a long, broken strip with a metal loop. The sides are all dark brown.

Side 2007.3269.a is the front of the trunk. It is a rectangular piece with notches for dovetail joints at the short ends. There is a circular recess with an irregular extension, that once held hardware for closing. This large piece is the most elaborately decorated. There is a central rectangle of diamond patterns, created by crossing lines of shell inlay. The intersections are decorated with slightly larger pieces of shell. There are bands of decoration around the rectangle, from the center out: a line, triangles, six pointed stars, a line, a four pointed star, a line, small triangles with four-pointed stars, and a band of small triangles facing each other.

Pieces 2007.3269.b,c are the square end pieces, with notches for dovetail joints on two sides each. The panel is decorated with a grid of small diamond shaped pieces of shell. 2007.3269.c has one of the non-notched sides broken off. The broken piece is 2007.3269.e.

Piece 2007.3269.d is a long narrow strip that has been broken from the lid. The rounded edge is decorated with diagonal bands of small shell triangles. There is a wide groove on one surface, probably the underside. The semi-circular metal loop may be part of the closing mechanism.