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puzzle / box

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  • Description

    Puzzle box made of ivory (mammoth). Carved mammoth ivory box with sliding lid, contains 7-piece tangram puzzle stored in two layers within the box.

  • Ethnic name

  • Date

    • 19thC
  • Production place

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 1.5 centimetres (box a)
    • Width: 6.6 centimetres (box a)
    • Depth: 6.8 centimetres (box a)
    • Weight: 31 grammes (box a)
    • Height: 0.3 centimetres (lid b)
    • Width: 6.2 centimetres (lid b)
    • Depth: 6.4 centimetres (lid b)
    • Weight: 10 grammes (lid b)
    • Height: 0.2 centimetres (piece c)
    • Width: 5.4 centimetres (piece c)
    • Depth: 5.6 centimetres (piece c)
    • Weight: 6 grammes (piece c)
    • Height: 0.2 centimetres (piece d)
    • Width: 5.5 centimetres (piece d)
    • Depth: 5.2 centimetres (piece d)
    • Weight: 3 grammes (piece d)
    • Height: 0.2 centimetres (piece e)
    • Width: 4 centimetres (piece e)
    • Depth: 3.8 centimetres (piece e)
    • Weight: 3 grammes (piece e)
    • Height: 0.2 centimetres (piece f)
    • Width: 2.8 centimetres (piece f)
    • Depth: 2.8 centimetres (piece f)
    • Weight: 2 grammes (piece f)
    • Height: 0.2 centimetres (piece g)
    • Width: 2.8 centimetres (piece g)
    • Depth: 2.8 centimetres (piece g)
    • Weight: 1 grammes (piece g)
    • Height: 0.2 centimetres (piece h)
    • Width: 6.3 centimetres (piece h)
    • Depth: 2.2 centimetres (piece h)
    • Weight: 2 grammes (piece h)
    • Height: 0.2 centimetres (piece i)
    • Width: 2.7 centimetres (piece i)
    • Depth: 2.6 centimetres (piece i)
    • Weight: 1 grammes (piece i)
  • Curator's comments

    See AOA Christy Correspondence: letter from Col. Zarubin, Kolpino, January 17 [?1866] listing objects and views.One figure on the back of the box appears to be carrying a choron, a carved wooden vessel for carrying kumis, a drink made from fermented mare's milk, often served at the Yakut summer festival. In the same carved scene there are feathery leaf-like motifs which could be depictions of birch trees. Birch trees are used to decorate the Yakut summer festival space.Entered in the Christy Collection Register July 1869-July 1877, fol. 33 1869 as:
    Presented by William Bragge Esq of Sheffield, 21 April ...
    "17. Puzzle box carved out of Mammoth ivory by a native of Jakoutsk (sic), Siberia."
    Additional note: "The above Nos. 14-17 were given to Mr Bragge by Col. Zarutin, Governor of the Iron Works at Kolpino"


  • Location

    Not on display

  • Acquisition name

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  • Registration number


  • Additional IDs

    • As1869C1.5390 (old CDMS no.)


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