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2002/148/1 Linen chest, wood, hand-painted by Mr S Hakim, Bangladesh, 1985. Click to enlarge.

Linen chest, Bangladesh

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 …


Object No.


Object Statement

Linen chest, wood, hand-painted by Mr S Hakim, Bangladesh, 1985

Physical Description

This wooden linen chest was hand-painted to match a nakshi kantha (a Bangladeshi quilt) which is also in the Museums collection (2002/146/1). It is decorated in brilliant colours on the top and all four sides. On the top is a black elephant with yellow red and blue trappings surrounded by flowers, leaves, fish and some articles of everyday usage. The border is a red line with a blue 'ribbon' pattern outside it. Each end of the box is decorated with a stylised lotus flower in the centre surrounded by more flowers, leaves and insects. On the front of the box is a whole row of stylised lotus flowers surrounded by swirling fronds of vegetation. There is a row of yellow boteh (in Bangladesh, kalka) around the top.



460 mm


917 mm


510 mm


Credit Line

Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program by Susan Tuckwell, 2002

Acquisition Date

18 December 2002

Cite this Object


Linen chest, Bangladesh 2023, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 28 March 2023, <>


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