The primary significance of this painted linen chest from Bangladesh lies in its close design and provenance relationship to a spectacular embroidered bed cover, or nakshi kantha, also from Bangladesh and recently acquired. The nakshi kantha was designed by Suriyah Rahman in Dakha in 1983. The painting of this box, and its pair, was expressly commissioned by the donor to match the nakshi kantha. While both quilt and box are of recent manufacture, they utilise traditional methods of manufacture and traditional design elements.
A Dakha rickshaw painter, Mr S. Hakim, was employed to paint the chest. Mr Hakim has faithfully reproduced the design elements present in the quilt, ie the central elephant, surrounding flowers and boteh border, and has also endowed them with a more Mogul character and a notable vitality.