This box is made of coromandel wood, with silver engraved mountings.
A Bible was kept in this box. The box was also meant as a status symbol, to show your wealth on the way to church.
Colonial, Sri Lanka, 18th century.
Literature: Uit verre landen, Guus Röell, June 2014.
See also added the newspaper clipping from 1985, on which a similar box is depicted.