Casket

A work made of ivory, brass, tempera, and gold leaf.
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  • A work made of ivory, brass, tempera, and gold leaf.

Date:

12th century

Artist:

Italian; Sicily

About this artwork

This type of ornately painted ivory casket survived in relatively large numbers in church treasuries. Judging from their Arabic inscriptions, which contain wishes for happiness, blessings, or glory, it is likely that many of them were originally intended for secular use as wedding gifts or jewelry boxes. However, they were often later used as reliquaries. Here traces of an inscription on the front rim and cover read, "May glory endure". This box was probably made on the island of Sicily, an important crossroads of Mediterranean trade.

On View

Arms, Armor, Medieval, and Renaissance, Gallery 236

Title

Casket

Origin

Sicily

Date

1100–1199

Medium

Ivory, brass, tempera, and gold leaf

Dimensions

9.5 × 15.9 × 9.7 cm (3 3/4 × 6 1/4 × 3 13/16 in.)

Credit Line

Samuel P. Avery Endowment

Reference Number

1926.389

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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