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Truncated Pyramidal Box with Punched Decoration
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Truncated Pyramidal Box with Punched Decoration

Description Conservation Provenance Credit
Description While the walls and structure of this box are the same as other Siculo-Arabic examples, the gilt-copper accessories suggest that it was built for security. Three unusually heavy mounts are on each corner fo the box, plus two on each corner of the lid. The custormary locks and additional reinforcing straps are on each end of the lid and on the box. It is equipped with carrying handles at each end and four flattened ball feet. The decoration consists of small crosses made of drilled dots, stained red and black.

The construction and decoration were examined for research purposes. The lock plate and one foot were reattached. The surface was lightly cleaned.

Date Description Narrative
ExaminationExamined for treatment
Provenance William T. / Henry Walters Collection, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by William T. or Henry Walters

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12th century (Romanesque)
ivory, gilt-copper mounts
(Ivory & Bone)
Accession Number
H: 5 1/2 x W: 8 7/8 x D: 5 3/4 in. (14 x 22.5 x 14.6 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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