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.


  • 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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