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Casket

Gilt copper with traces of silvering

Origin: Germany, Nuremberg

Date: Early 17th century

7.2 cm length

Provenance: Black

Bequeathed by J.Francis Mallett, 1947; WA1947.191.179

T. Schroder (2009), no. 583

Caskets such as this one are known in Germany as Mank stchen on account of the signatures of Augsburg artist's, Michael and Conradt Mann that appear on some of them. Although this casket has numerous features typical of the makers, such as the bun feet and working keyhole in the lid, the themes of the engraved decoration differs. Work related to Michael and Conradt Mann was often entirely secular in character. The subjects depicted here are the personifications of the Seven Virtues. It may be possible that these panels were originally copper plates used for making prints, which had then been gilded and fitted into the box as works of art in their own right.

Information derived from T. Schroder, British and Continental Gold and Silver in the Ashmolean (2009)

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