Luxury Inlaid Container

Luxury Inlaid Container

c. 1250-1350

Sheet brass, inlaid with silver and gold

Diameter: 11.4 cm (4 1/2 in.); Overall: 12 cm (4 3/4 in.); Diameter of box: 10.1 cm (4 in.); Box: 9.7 cm (3 13/16 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1944.482

Description

Silver and gold inlay transforms this brass box into a luxury container. Courtiers, birds, and fretwork form the decoration while inscriptions extend good wishes. On the body it reads: "Brilliance, and nobility, and patience, and modesty, and glory, and long life, and piety, and patience."

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