The wooden rectangular container is very small. Its sides are continuous and folded at the corners except for one that is secured with fiber ties. The bottom is sewn to the sides with light-colored ties (possibly cotton). It was originally covered with a natural resin varnish but from handling over time, much of it has rubbed off from its bulging sides. Overall, the box is stable and in good condition. Small bent-corner bowl with fluid engraving on all four sides. Condition is good. Peter NcNair 3/29/2005 Peter comments, "Best small box I've ever seen." It is a reduced rendering of a much larger box.