Unusual Omani Chest named Mandus possibly in the Shisam or Makran style see The Arab Chest by Sheila Unwin (Ref 1):
- Wood: Teak or Shisham
- Size: Size (lid) 37 cm by 81 cm and 40 cm high
- Reinforcement straps: Functional and made of thick quality brass
- Studs: very large and hand made! no Knobs.
- Front: two circular mounts and the hasp superimposed on a large triangular group of studding.
- Hasp: Similar to the Shiraz /Surat like style and fits over a staple on a plate.
- Hinges Similar to the Shirz / Surat style
- Handles: Simple iron or steel C-shaped
- Secret compartment: no secret compartment. However two tills present.
This chest was difficult to fit into a particular category.
- The large handmade studs are very unusual.
- The matching hinges, hasp and corner pieces all made of very thick brass and with dot in circle designs seem to be very old.
- The design of the hinges and hasp are closest to the Shiraz and Surat styles.
- The curved design of the lower wooden part of the chest (fretted base) reminds of the Shisham or Makran style.
Front of the chest
Hinges of the chest
Side of the chest