About this artwork
Miniature caskets might have been used in the Renaissance to house jewels or possibly saintly relics. This example features panels of engraved rock crystal, an extremely hard material of great clarity and polish that is carved only with patience and skill. The emblematic figures depicted here are modeled after the work of the sixteenth-century Italian painter Raphael.
- Rock Crystal Casket
- Northern Italy
- Plaques: rock crystal; mount: enamel and gold
- 4.2 × 8.4 × 4.9 cm (1 5/8 × 3 5/16 × 1 15/16 in.)
- Gift of Marilynn B. Alsdorf