Description Rendered on the faces of the box are scenes of courting couples. Niello, an alloy of silver, copper, and lead, was rubbed into the engraved scenes and then fired. The darkened areas remained in the depressions when the piece was polished. This technique, dating from the Renaissance, was revived in Russia during the 17th century.
Cleaned to remove silver tarnish; coated in cellulose nitrate lacquer to inhibit further tarnish.
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Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions On underside: УΒФ АЄГ 1769 / A •[illegible]
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters
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