Medieval casket by Unknown Artist

Decorated with secular subjects.

Details

Medium:
Wood & embossed leather
Dimensions:
12 x 26 cm
Art Fund grant:
£5,000 ( Total: £47,500)
Acquired in:
1977

Sides show scenes of lovers talking and embracing beneath trees. Inner lid is gilded and painted with the Annunciation. Inside is a painted cloth showing John Talbot, and his wife Maud kneeling at the foot of the cross. This may have been inserted in the 1840's by Pugin or Thomas Willement.

Provenance

Earl of Shrewsbury by 1888.

Venue details

British Museum Great Russell Street, LONDON London WC1B 3DG 020 7323 8299 www.britishmuseum.org

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