A Carved Sandalwood Card Case..
Antique South-Western India, the low relief decoration including a double-headed eagle. The Carved Indian Sandalwood Visiting Card Case with Two Headed Eagle and surrounded by a Floral border pattern to the front sides and back. Foliage patterns on all 4 sides. In addition It has a very nice unique sandalwood aroma.
This is a very nice example It is 19th century, but I would say late 19th century. The design of this case is unusual and shows European influence, perhaps relating to Portuguese Goa which is not so far from sandalwood carving centres .
Sandalwood is a heavy, yellow, fine-grained timber and in addition to carving, is often harvested for its oil which has many relaxing properties. Unlike other aromatic woods, sandalwood retains its scent for decades and is the second most expensive wood in the world. The main two species can found in India and Australia, due to the highly prized nature of the wood an illegal trade has developed, estimated to be worth AU$2.5 million in 2012. In several religions including Hinduism and Buddhism, sandalwood is very sacred and the wood, paste or powder is used in a variety of ways including as incense for meditation, worship, rituals and ceremonies.
Fitting and size
The lid has very good butt fit to the case. The outside of the case measures approximately
9.3cm x 5.5cm x 18.20 mm (0.72'').
The case weighs approximately 46.55 g
The case is in very good condition. (Please see the pictures).
It’s very rare to find this type of case in this condition.
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