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Casket (cofanetto or scrigno)

Date:
1575–1600
Culture:
Italian, Venice
Medium:
Beechwood, ebony, painted and decorated with incrustation of mother-of-pearl, ivory with gilding; miniatures: gouache on parchment; lined with later fabric
Dimensions:
7 7/8 × 15 5/8 in. (20 × 39.7 cm)
Classification:
Woodwork-Furniture
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.190.848
Not on view
Richly decorated with shimmering tablets of painted mother-of-pearl and gilded ivory, this casket incorporates gouaches showing mythological themes that celebrate female beauty. These depictions, combined with the fact that the lid originally enclosed a mirror, indicate that this cofanetto held toilet articles. The exterior framework is painted alla dasmaschina, showing decorative patterns resembling those used to embellish Saracenic steel.

[Daniëlle Kisluk-Grosheide, 2010]
J. Pierpont Morgan (until 1917; to MMA)
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