France, 2nd half of the 14th century / Leather Casket with Scenes of Courtly Love / c. 1350-1400France, 2nd half of the 14th century
Leather Casket with Scenes of Courtly Love
c. 1350-1400

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Creator Nationality: European; French
Creator Name-CRT: France, 2nd half of the 14th century
Title: Leather Casket with Scenes of Courtly Love
Title Type: Primary
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Creation Start Date: 1350
Creation End Date: 1400
Creation Date: c. 1350-1400
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Leather
Materials and Techniques: embossed and incised leather over wood with iron mounts
Dimensions: Overall: 25.2cm x 19cm x 10.5cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1999.211
Credit Line: Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund
Context: During the Middle Ages, small boxes like this were produced for the secular market. Used for storing personal items (combs, mirrors, scissors, seals, and jewelry), the boxes typically consisted of a wood core that might be decoratively painted and gilded or covered with another material, such as ivory or leather. These richly embellished caskets were manufactured in small, highly specialized leather workshops. The boxes were valued furnishings in the homes of the aristocratic and courtly clientele that commissioned them. On the lid of this box a couple is shown with banderoles inscribed in Old French with expressions of mutual love. "Hold my heart," requests the lady. "But you already have it," replies the man. On the front of the casket the man, holding a heart, appears again and states, "prenes encore" (Have it once more).
AMICA ID: CMA_.1999.211
AMICA Library Year: 2001
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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