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A work made of steel, iron, brass, and silk textile.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of steel, iron, brass, and silk textile.




South German; Nuremberg

About this artwork

By the end of the sixteenth century, the arms trade in Nuremberg had reduced considerably. Armorers and etchers adapted by applying their skills to broader markets by producing all-steel pistols and all-steel caskets such as this. The etched figures, birds, and hunting scenes on this casket derive from printed pattern books by Nuremberg artists Virgil Solis and Jost Amman. Caskets like this one were highly popular; made in a variety of sizes and used for safekeeping valuables, they were often given as betrothal gifts to brides.


On View, Gallery 239


Applied Arts of Europe




Augsburg (Object made in)

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Made 1580–1620


Steel, iron, brass, and silk textile


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

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George F. Harding Collection

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