This wooden box has been crafted to look like a row of book spines sandwiched between two larger books. The lid is opened when the center "spine" marked with the Roman numeral VI is slid downward to disconnect the locking mechanism. The interior is lined with a russet-colored velvet, which may indicate that this was intended as a jewelry box. The top features inlaid wood and painted birds surrounded by a floral border that almost mimics cross-stitch embroidery patterns. The numbers and other decorations are hand-painted with wonderful details. See images for full details.
Box measures 9"L x 4.75"W x 4.4"H. Found in Italy; Origin unknown. Surface wear present, and this piece does have damage to one corner of the lid (shown).