Antique South Indian Door with Ornate Ancestral Manichitrathazhu Lock, 17th Century
17th-century South Indian door: Ornate craftsmanship & Manichitrathazhu lock.


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Brass / Rosewood


17th Century

Place of origin

Kerela, India

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Width: 90cmHeight: 180cmDepth: 25cmWeight: 112kg

About the product

This antique South Indian door and frame with its ornate ancestral manichitrathazhu lock, dates back to the 17th century.

Made from durable Sheesham wood, also known as Indian Rosewood, its beautiful patterns not only give a glimpse of the craftsmanship but also represent the intelligence and dexterity that have long characterised Indian architecture. The door symbolises South India's cultural richness and excellence across generations.

Rather than settling for a conventional latch, they have pushed the boundaries, introducing the exquisite Manichithrathazhu lock, literally translating to "ornate lock". This special locking mechanism, once used to safeguard treasures and valuables, boasts a unique feature, in its design which resembles Lord Shiva's trident. The lock's function not only secures the door but also enhances its aesthetic appeal.

Weighing 112kgs, a door with a Manichitrathazhu system, along with its frame, would traditionally be part of the entrance structure whose construction, is styled after the gopuram of a temple, keeping its height comparatively short.

The door displays a heavily adorned mullion which forms a division between the two unit doors and above the top rail, a delicate Jali work is also incorporated. Its foremost function is to facilitate daylight and air circulation within the room. 

Intricate lattice work, fretwork, and arabesque motifs adorn the doors, creating mesmerizing patterns that captivate the eye. These geometric designs symbolize unity, harmony, and the interconnectedness of all things, reflecting Kerala's artistic sensibility.