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Casket: M.4 & A-1935

Object information

Awaiting location update


Workshop: Embriachi family




Wood, covered with bone plaques and ornamented with intarsia

Wood covered with bone plaques and ornamented with intarsia. Rectangular. On the front and back sides of the pyramidal lid is a winged genii holding a scroll against a ground of foliage: the scroll on the front bears the letters IMOV, but the scroll on the back is decorated with four lozenges enclosing quatrefoils. The other two sides of the lid have purely decorative intarsia work of a Venetian pattern. The plaques on the sides of the body seem to tell a story derived from the literature of the Romance: on two sides are female figures carrying shields or scrolls, standing by trees. At each corner of the casket is a twisted column with acanthus capital.

Legal notes

Given by Charles Holden-White

Measurements and weight

Depth: 10.8 cm
Height: 14.0 cm
Length: 15.7 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


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

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 casket covered with bone plaques and ornamented with intarsia

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: IMOV
  • Location: On the front of the lid
  • Method of creation: Inscribed
  • Text: 520
  • Location: Inside
  • Type: Label

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.4 & A-1935
Primary reference Number: 31816
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 10 October 2012 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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