A group of twenty-one Lacquer and Wooden Articles

These lacquerware boxes, vessels and containers attest to the Nattukottai Chettiars’ prominence in Burma during the colonial period. Some of these also exhibit initials of the Chettiar family and would have likely been part of the dowry of a bride. Certain pieces, such as the kudam (water pot) shaped piece, would have been specially commissioned to suit the southern Indian, rather than the Burmese aesthetic, providing further evidence of their use in a Chettiar household.

Chettinad, Tamil Nadu, India
Gross Measurement: Refer to parts
Accession No.
Lacquer and Wood
Collection of
Indian Heritage Centre
Folklife Collection