Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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cosmetic container
  • unknown Maranao maker
  • cosmetic container, late 1800s–1959
  • Where object was made: Lanao del Sur, Philippines
  • brass, carving
  • Object Height/Diameter: 9.5 x 21.5 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 3 3/4 x 8 7/16 in
  • Gift of Charles K. Warriner
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3017

The lidded brass box has 10 sides. The lid has a flat top with a very small knob in the center, and two stepped levels to the rim. It has a hinge on one side. The top is decorated in 10 wedge-shaped fields with two alternating designs. One has a large scale curlicue design with a heart-like motif. The other is a small scale curlicue design in horizontal bands. The wedges are delineated with a line with small leaf-like designs and a small flower at one end. The decoration on the first step has 10 small fields, each with three diamonds, separated by curlicues. The outer step is angled downward, and is divided into 10 small fields, each filled with a herringbone-like design.

Each side of the box has the same decoration: a four petaled flower, with a hole removed from the center, with four small flower designs at each corner, and curlicues filling the field. The box has a lip that sits into the lid.