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Bridal Casket with Scenes from the Life of Paris
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Bridal Casket with Scenes from the Life of Paris


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Description The workshop of the Embriachi family in Venice produced a variety of luxury objects decorated with carved plaques of bone and inlays of stained wood, bone, and horn. The scenes are taken from classical literature. Depicted here are incidents from the life of the Trojan prince Paris: his childhood is combined with the more familiar stories of Paris' judgment of the goddesses Juno, Venus, and Minerva and his abduction of Helen, Queen of Sparta, the incident which caused the Trojan war. Such caskets were often given to a lady upon marriage to hold her bridal jewels. The empty shields on the lid would have been painted with the coats of arms of the woman and her husband. They may have worn off over time.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
2/17/1938Treatmentrepaired; cleaned
10/01/1945Treatmentcleaned
1/08/1960Treatmentcleaned
8/21/1979Examinationexamined for condition
8/21/1979Treatmentrepaired; cleaned
6/10/1982Treatmentother
6/10/1982Technical Reportexamined for technical study
9/30/1983Treatmentcleaned
2/22/2011Treatmentexamined for condition; cleaned
Exhibitions
  • Window Display at Enoch Pratt Library. Enoch Pratt Free Library, Baltimore. 1979.
Provenance F. Ongania, Venice [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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Period
ca. 1430 (Early Renaissance)
Medium
Bone, with inlaid cow horn and stained wood
(Ivory & Bone)
Accession Number
71.242
Measurements
H: 9 7/8 x W: 10 1/16 x D: 9 1/16 in. (25.1 x 25.5 x 23 cm)
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