A nice Antique Chinese Carved Sandalwood card Circa 1850-1880. The card case is Beautifully carved in high relief with pagodas ,trees and figures.
This is a nice example !It is 19th century, but I would say second half. 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.
Excellent condition no damage please see photos. The lid fits nice and tight without having to force it on/off
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