Missal box

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Origin
France
Period
Late fifteenth century
Material
Oak mounted with iron
Dimensions
15 x 16.5 x 24 cm
Literature

Prunk Kasetten, Meisterwerke aus der Hanns Schell Collection. Ewald Berger. Arnoldsche Art Publishers. Blz. 197.

P. Lorenzelli and A. Veca, Tra/e. Teche, pissidi, cofani e forzieri dall'Alto Medioevo al Barocco, exh. cat. Galleria Lorenzelli, Bergamo, 1984.

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Description

The rectangular box with a trapezoidal top and front hasp, the wrought iron panels on a wood carcase. Below the traced iron a layer of red linnen. Four rings for a carrying strap.

Called a coffret a mailles or a la maniere d’Espagne, these type of boxes were often used for hand-illuminated prayer books, which were cherished and valuable objects.

 
 
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