Joutuk Pedi or Dowry Box

Joutuk Pedi or Dowry Box


Joutuk Pedi Or Dowry Box

Indian Asian



Late 19th C.

Teak Wood

In India, the tradition of giving dowries was an important and central part of Hindu marital rites. Indian fathers once made dowry chests like this one by hand, as gifts for their unmarried daughters. The young women would then go about collecting jewelry and personal items to place inside in preparation for life with her future husband. Constructed of teak wood over 60 years ago, this small chest is a fine example of old Indian craftsmanship. The steeply peaked lid is inspired by the temple architecture of the region surrounding Rajasthan.
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