Missal box

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Origin
France
Period
Late fifteenth century
Material
Oak mounted with iron
Height
15 cm
Width
16.5 cm
Depth
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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