Overall: 1 9/16 x 4 3/4 x 2 15/16 in. (4 x 12 x 7.4 cm)
Gift of Harry G. Friedman, 1956
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 306
Throughout the Middle Ages, household goods of all types were stored in boxes and coffrets which both protected the goods in the home and provided traveling cases on journeys. The great number of these of all sizes, shapes, and materials that have survived from the medieval period testify to this method of storage.
This small container may have been intended to hold rings, ring brooches, and other jewels or trinkets. A small inscription appears on this box, AMA DIO DE BON CORE A FIN (“Love God with a good heart to the end”). Unfortunately, this inscription does not provide a clue to the specific use for which the container was intended.
Inscription: Inscribed: (around ends and front of lower part of lid) Ama Dio De Bon Core A Bon Fin (Love God with a good heart to a good end)
Harry G. and Adele O. Friedman, New York (until 1956)
Husband, Timothy B., and Jane Hayward, ed. The Secular Spirit: Life and Art at the End of the Middle Ages. New York: Dutton Publishing, 1975. no. 4b, p. 23.