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Casket and Key

  • Date:

    1470-1500 (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wrought iron and cuir bouilli. Cuir bouilli is leather soaked and boiled to make it waterproof

  • Museum number:

    1515-1855

  • Gallery location:

    Ironwork, Room 114c, case 18, shelf 2 []

Physical description

Wrought iron and cuir bouilli jewel casket, with an invocation to the Virgin Mary, O MATER MEMENTO M[E].

Date

1470-1500 (made)

Materials and Techniques

Wrought iron and cuir bouilli. Cuir bouilli is leather soaked and boiled to make it waterproof

Marks and inscriptions

O Mater...............Memento M
Oh Mother remember me

Descriptive line

Jewell casket, with an invocation to the Virgin Mary, O MATER MEMENTO M[E] ('Oh Mother remember me'), wrought iron and cuir bouilli, Flanders or France, 1470-1500.

Labels and date

JEWEL CASKET, wrought iron, cuir bouilli , stamped, Flanders or France; c. 1470-1500

Cuir bouilli (leather, soaked and boiled to make it waterproof) is commonly found on chests and caskets of the period. With an invocation to the Virgin Mary, O MATER ... MEMENTO M[E] ('Oh Mother remember me'). The lock and hasp have been restored.

Museum No. 1515-1855 [07/1994]

Materials

Wrought iron; Cuir bouilli

Techniques

Forging (metal forming); Pierced; Chiselled

Categories

Metalwork; Ironwork; Containers

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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