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Casket

Unknownabout 1680 - 1690

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The marquetry scene decorating the top of this casket shows the goddess Venus attended by four putti. One brushes her hair, another holds up a mirror, a third ties her sandal, and a fourth offers her a jewel or an earring from a small chest. Around the sides, sleeping putti recline on rocks surrounded by birds and flowering trees. The decoration reflects the casket's original function, to hold articles for use in a woman's toilette. It would have sat on a dressing table with other boxes of various shapes and sizes, possibly holding such objects as combs, brushes, and ribbons.

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Details

  • Title: Casket
  • Date Created: about 1680 - 1690
  • Location Created: Germany
  • Physical Dimensions: w32.1 x h13 x d25.7 cm
  • Type: Furniture
  • Rights: http://www.getty.edu/legal/copyright.html
  • External Link: http://www.getty.edu/art/gettyguide/artObjectDetails?artobj=6827
  • Medium: "Wood veneered with rosewood, brass, mother-of-pearl, pewter, copper, stained and painted horn; gilt-bronze mounts"
  • artist: Unknown
  • Terms of Use: http://www.getty.edu/legal/copyright.html
  • Subject: Birds, Venus, Putti

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