Gothic casket

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15th century
11.5 x 15.5 x 11 cm

E. Berger, Prunk-Kassetten: Europäische Meisterwerke aus acht Jahrhunderten, Kästchen aus Leder, Stuttgart 1998, pp. 111-116.
G. Gall, Leder im Europäischen Kunsthandwerk, Berlijn 1965, p. 140, 141, 144, 145.

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This wooden casket with a domed, hinged lid, is on the outside completely covered with darkgreen coloured leather. Five iron straps run around the box. These straps each end in a half quatrefoil, and the straps opposite each other form a complete quatrefoil. The straps are attached with small nails. The middle strap ends in a hinged hasp and lock, decorated with two perforations. The large lock plate has a heart-shaped cut-out and an iron rod on both sides. The handle has strongly curved sides and is attached to two iron flowers. The matching key is present.

The shape of the handle and the decoration of both the lock and the ends of the iron straps are strongly reminiscent of the leather boxes shown in G. Gall, Leder im Europäischen Kunsthandwerk (pp. 140, 141, 144, 145). These leather boxes, often richly worked and decorated, were manufactured in the late 15th and early 16th centuries, mainly in France.

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