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Casket: M.3-1935

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Current Location: Gallery 32 (Rothschild)


Workshop: Embriachi family (Workshop)




Wood covered with bone plaques and ornamented with intarsia. The lower part is hexagonal. The pyramidal cover is surmounted by a knob of twelve faces with the original metal mount and ring. A curved frieze in six sections runs round the foot of the cover, on which are winged genii on a ground of foliage, those on the front supporting a plain shield and the one on the back holding in his left hand a 'flying-fish';. Each side of the casket has two plaques, each carved with two figures standing under a little mushroom-shaped tree. These plaques seem to illustrate a story derived from the literature of the Romance. At each corner is placed a spirally fluted column with capitals decorated with a double row of primitive acanthus leaves.


History note: Unknown before donor

Legal notes

Given by Charles Holden-White

Measurements and weight

Height: 24.5 cm
Width: 23 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1935) by Holden-White, Charles


15th Century, Early#
Circa 1400 CE - Circa 1430 CE


The attribution needs investigation. Probably a wedding casket.

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Mount composed of metal
Decoration composed of bone
Casket composed of wood (plant material)

Techniques used in production

Carving : Wood, covered with bone plaques, and ornamented with intarsia

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: 92756
  • Location: On bottom
  • Method of creation: In ink
  • Type: Inscription
  • Text: Andrea Pisano
  • Location: On bottom
  • Method of creation: Scratched
  • Type: Inscription
  • Text: By Embriacho circa 1420
  • Location: On bottom
  • Method of creation: Inscribed
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.3-1935
Primary reference Number: 31815
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 18 December 2023 Last processed: Monday 18 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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