Lacquer Box with Fantastical Creature Handmade in Kashmir, India

Regular price $35.00

Who is this marvelous fantastical beast that lives on the top of this vintage lacquer box? He looks a bit like a dog with antlers and a head-dress, but his face seems positively human, and he has what looks rather like a tiny hand and wrist for a nose! Whatever he is, he's about the best creature I've seen, and is set off perfectly against a bold yellow ground, with additional colorful abstract forms, again rather mysterious, on all sides of the box. I'd put something very special inside of it.

The original sticker on the back of this box is worn off, but it is clear it was made in Kashmir, India, I would guess in the early 60s. It is in very good condition, with one small crack in the lacquer on one short side at the very bottom. 4 3/4" long x 4" wide x 2 1/2" deep.