Vintage East Indian Wood Horse Tikka Spice Box Container

Vintage East Indian Wood Horse Tikka Spice Box Container


I've seen versions of boxes like this, in fact, I think I had one last summer? Beautiful details with lot's of texture to the hand carved wood horse from a single piece of solid wood, a Tikka box, with small brass buttons, and the wheels! Just a beautiful object. The upper part of the body swivels to reveal two hidden compartments which would have been traditionally used to hold spices or dyes in the body of the horse, 

The Tikka box was traditionally used to store the powder for tilaka, a Hindu mark worn on the forehead and other parts of the body. In Hinduism, the tilaka is a mark worn on the forehead, or other parts of the body such as neck, hand or chest. Tilaka may be worn on a daily basis or for rites of passage or special religious occasions only, depending on regional customs. 

This container can be used for anything! Spices, small soaps, last nights fine jewelry, or anything you else you desire;
small treasures, medicine, magic potions and whatever else you hold dear to your heart. It rests on working wheels and can roll back and forth.

Measurements are 7 1/2" in length, 8 1/4" in height including his sweet ears. Each wheel is 2 1/4" in diameter, while the depth (sort of) from wheel to wheel is 4 1/2".

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