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Box

Date:
15th century
Culture:
Italian
Medium:
Leather (Cuir bouilli), on wood core with textile interior, traces of gilding
Dimensions:
Overall: 4 3/4 x 2 5/8 in. (12 x 6.7 cm)
Classification:
Leatherwork
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1950
Accession Number:
50.53.2a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 306
This tooled leather box served as an inkwell. Other boxes of similar construction but different shape were used for holding quills, rulers, or knives and for storing ink pigments and pounce (powder for drying a page).
Private Collection, New York (sold 1950); Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York (March 9, 1950, no. 150)
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