Art/ Collection/ Art Object


late 15th–16th century
Cuir bouilli (tooled leather), iron fittings, wood core
Overall: 6 1/2 x 7 5/8 x 4 1/2 in. (16.5 x 19.4 x 11.4 cm)
Credit Line:
The Cloisters Collection, 1955
Accession Number:
Not on view
Inscription: (on lid, lower border, starting at front) :
O/mater/dey m/em/ento /mey
a/ve ben/edictu / je/?/sus

(lid, top, coat of arms repeated and letters of initials)
XX [six X's]

(Front, letters)
XX [six X's]

(right-reading across and then down and across)
dir/ u pi/cti d/ne [for domine]/v

(back, continuing)
i/ncul/as me/a
t/ibica /cristi/ c

(left, continuing)
abo/octia/laud/is et n/
ome/dom/ini v/ocabo

Complete inscription:
O mater dey, memento mey
ave benedictus jesus
dirupicti (?) domine vinculas mea
tibica cristi cabo (?) octia (?) laudis et nome
domini vocabo
Alfred Rütschi, Zurich (sold1931) ; [his sale, Galerie Fischer, Lucerne, Lucerne (September 5, 1931, lot 88)] ; Samuel Yellin American, born Russia, Philadelphia (until 1940) ; Estate of Samuel Yellin American, born Russia, 1884–1940, Philadelphia (1940–sold 1955)
Falke, Otto von, ed. Sammlung A. Rütschi: alte Goldschmiedewerke im Zürcher Kunsthaus. Lucerne: Galerie Fischer, September 5, 1931. no. 88, p. 24, pl. XLIX.

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