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Fish Casket



A brass-alloy casket in the form of a fish which has been cast using the lost-wax casting technique known as ‘Dhokra’, named after the Gharua/Dhokra tribe located in West Bengal. Known for their primitive and bold craft, the Dhokra tribe used to lead a nomadic life repairing broken utensils. 

The criss-cross, basket weave construction of the metal near the belly of the fish gives it the appearance of a cage. This technique of metal casting finds its origins in India and dates back to over 4000 years. 

Traditionally given to Indian brides as part of their dowry, the casket serves as a coin box. The functional metallic flap keeps small items safe and the casket also makes for an unexpected money box. 

Originally Sourced from: West Bengal, India

Height 5.5 cm
Width 17 cm
Depth 9 cm

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