- mid-13th century
- Made in Paris, France
- Gold, rock crystal, emeralds, pearls, spinel or balas rubies
- H. 5 1/2 in. (14 cm); Diam. of foot: 3 1/8 in. (7.9 cm)
- Credit Line:
- The Cloisters Collection, 1983
- Accession Number:
Refined design, exquisite craftsmanship, and costly materials make this a rare and unusually precious object. The rock crystal, cut in the shape of a boat, may have served as a container for salt. Such table objects are described in several French royal inventories. The attribution is supported by the similarity of design to other mid-thirteenth century objects ascribed to Paris, a preeminent center of goldsmithing and carved crystal work.