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  • Place of origin:

    Germany (made)

  • Date:

    1520-1540 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    boxwood, carving

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs. Henry

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Boardroom, case CB6

Physical description

Carved boxwood box, rectangular with convex lid, with steel mounts and lock and wooden pin to secure the lid. On both ends of the box drop handles are suspended from masks. The carved decoration on the front depicts four persons feasting in a room and on the back a double headed eagle. On the sides and top are lozenges enclosing flowers.

Dress: the men's and women's dress depicted is broadly accurate for the 1520s, with some allowance that the scene shows a relatively low status group, as suggested by hairstyles and heavy wear on some garments.

Place of Origin

Germany (made)


1520-1540 (made)


Unknown (maker)

Materials and Techniques

boxwood, carving


Height: 6.8 cm, Width: 11 cm including handles, Depth: 5.3 cm

Object history note

RP: 25/6215

Descriptive line

Small carved box, boxwood, German, c1525





Subjects depicted

Mask; Eagle; Monkey; Eating


Containers; Woodwork; Medieval and renaissance


Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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