Rock Crystal Casket

A work made of plaques: rock crystal; mount: enamel and gold.
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  • A work made of plaques: rock crystal; mount: enamel and gold.

Date:

1525/1550

Artist:

Italian

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.

On View

Arms, Armor, Medieval, and Renaissance, Gallery 238

Title

Rock Crystal Casket

Origin

Northern Italy

Date

1500–1550

Medium

Plaques: rock crystal; mount: enamel and gold

Dimensions

4.2 × 8.4 × 4.9 cm (1 5/8 × 3 5/16 × 1 15/16 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Marilynn B. Alsdorf

Reference Number

1992.555

Extended information about this artwork

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