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Prague: The Crown of Bohemia, 1347–1437

September 20, 2005–January 3, 2006

Bohemian Jasper

Panels of Bohemian jasper—a distinctive deep red stone noted for its large inclusions of rock crystal and amethyst—used to sheathe the walls are a remarkable decorative element shared by St. Vitus Cathedral and Karlštejn Castle. To suggest the Bohemian predilection for this material, a group of rare jasper vessels is shown, including two that were once part of the Medici family collection (Museum degli Argenti, Florence), some that still retain their original fifteenth-century mounts (Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art), and one in which the rock crystal is particularly prominent (Swedish Royal Collection).