19th Century Teak Brass-Studded Zanzibar Chest
A rare 19th century Zanzibar chest made of thick teak slabs and outfitted with brass studs in a stunning design on the front and top. Dowry chests have a well-documented history as cultural icons of the Eastern Hemisphere. A chest was essential in a marriage agreement, and the style and size often served as a status symbol of the bride's family. The chest became an integral piece of furniture in the new couple's home, usually being used as a table or bench. This style comes from the unique era of Omani-occupied Zanzibar, where they were often used in the export of spices, rugs, and silks in the 18th and 19th centuries.
This chest is structurally great but cosmetically, in fair to good condition. There are quite a few brass studs missing, as well as one of the brass corner fittings (on the top left when you're looking at the front straight on). Two brass medallions are missing off the front. The teak is very scuffed, and the top surface shows some long scratches. Please review the detail photos carefully. Price reflects these defects.