Mirror Case with Lid

Mirror Case with Lid

1800s

Varnished lacquer and opaque watercolor over papier-mâché

Overall: 24.4 x 16 cm (9 5/8 x 6 5/16 in.)

Gift of the Estate of Mrs. Jacob Perkins 1932.13

Description

Love and war are the themes of the paintings on the inside and outside of this mirror case. The inside surface of the lid is painted with a royal couple seated, touching each other, within a walled garden. In front of them a female dancer performs and another pours a cup of wine. Military scenes are painted on the exterior sides; on the underside of the case enemies flee, heads roll, and a corpse lies before the victorious king and his armies.

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