Rare Omani wedding Chest named Mandoos / Mandus in the Malabar style. There is no evidence that a Malabar chest was made in Malabar. These are the only chests that are carved. These chests exists with stand and drawers and without stand and drawers.
Antique Omani carved wooden chest (Malabar Chest)
Our chest without stand / drawers is very similar to that shown in The Arab Chest (Ref 1) on page 85. For details see page 88:
Size: (lid) 95 by 45 cm and 42 cm high
Brass: Slightly thick plates/inlays.
Front: Carved with very fine (!) flower and fruit symbols. Brass inlays. One lock. No fleur de lys finials.
Hasp: Simple and similar to that for the small Bombay chest. Normally not present on this type of chest. Behind the hasp is a lock.
Back and sides: beautifully carved with detailed geometric patterns.
Reinforcing straps Perforated on the front and plain on the back.
Lid: four corner-mounts elongated with fleur de lys finials pointing inwards. Central oval disks sparsely arranged horizontally. Moldings on edges are attached to the undersides and the join strengthened with quatre-foils. separated by vertical brass strips. On our lid some of the inlays are very worn and or missing.
Hinges: heavy and thick having a bulbous finial with cut-outs terminating in a fleur de lis.
No secret compartment. Drawers in the stand (not here)
Handles: shallow W shape carried on cups attached to qua trefoil disks.
One compartment inside
The carved fruit on the front can be "breadfruit", or "Durian" or "Pine-apple", but breadfruit most likely. Note that the Breadfruit tree is native to Malabar as well as to East Africa. Malabar chests in southern Oman tend to be made from teak wood and not very old (typically made in Yemen)
Malabar Chests with such fine woodcarving as ours are rare! Note that all sides are carved. Most Malabar chests found, are later copies e.g. from Yemen.
Back of the chest
Side of the Chest