Very rare figural Asian match safe box with striker in the form of a dog with goddess handle. Spelter or white metal dog, detailed and finely molded, with Asian (likely Tibetian) detailed goddess figural handle. Two piece molded match box with match striker on the bottom. Very rare and antique, circa 1880-1890. Measures 2" in length and stands 1 3/4" tall to the goddess handle. Excellent condition. Box is made to store matches in bottom with match striker on base, cover with handle in goddess form and both cover and base in the form of a Temple dog with curly coat and four little feet. Very unique, rare, and simply extraordinary. Dog is very detailed with teeth, cute expression, feet, and tail. Simply one of a kind, super rare example.
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