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Casket: M.8-1935

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Current Location: In storage

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Production: Unknown

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Description

Rectangular casket of ivory, with later (not modern) French (?) mounts of gilt-metal. The lid is a truncated pyramid. The mounts are flat strips of metal concealing and securing the joins between the ivory plaques. The main mounts end in fleur-de-lis, whilst the hasp ends in an animal head. The lid and sides are decorated in gouache (very faded). Only four of the decorations are now identifiable: (1) on the left side: a bird with a long tail and plumage. (2) on the back: there are three fabulous animals, the outlines of which are scratched on the surface and traces of the original stain remains:- in the centre, a quadruped holding a branch of foliage in its jaws. Either side: a spotted beast, the one on the left having a long wavy tail. [see Longhurst, 1927)

Legal notes

Given by Charles Holden-White

Measurements and weight

Depth: 4.0 in
Height: 4.0 in
Width: 6 1/2 in

Acquisition and important dates

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

Dating

13th Century
14th Century
Circa 1200 CE - Circa 1400 CE

School or Style

Siculo-Arabic

Components of the work

Mounts composed of gilt-metal

Materials used in production

Ivory

Techniques used in production

Carving : Ivory carved casket with gilt-metal mounts

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.8-1935
Primary reference Number: 31847
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 20 March 2019 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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