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Jewel Casket

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Description In form, this casket resembles a Russian teremok, a medieval dwelling. On its lid, two confronting dragons with black wings and orange, brown, and green bodies trample a pair of green serpents, which, in turn, devour their attackers' tails. Mounted in the center is a table-cut amethyst. On the sides of the casket, griffins have been substituted for dragons, whereas on its ends, confronting griffins are emmeshed within interlace. Blue and turquoise are the ground colors for both the decorative panels and the teremok's "roof tiles." The casket is equipped with a lock (key missing) and is lined in crimson velvet. It stands on faceted bun feet.
  • Old Russian Enamels. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond. 1987.
Provenance Christie’s, Geneva, May 15 1985, lot 287; purchased by Jean M. Riddell, Washington, D.C., May 22 1985 (through Leo Kaplan, New York, as agent); by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 2010.
Inscriptions [Maker's mark] On base in Latin: Adler; [Mark] In Cyrillic: 84, IK over 1877, St. George facing right; [Maker's mark] On rim of lid in Cyrillic: Adler; [Mark] On rim of lid: 84, St George
Credit Bequest of Mrs. Jean M. Riddell, 2010

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silver gilding, opaque and painted filigree enamel, granulations, amethyst, velvet
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H: 4 1/2 x W: 6 1/2 x D: 4 7/8 in. (11.5 x 16.5 x 12.4 cm)
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