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Case

  • Object:

    Case

  • Place of origin:

    Cyprus (made)

  • Date:

    1800-1880 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver-plated metal with repousse pattern

  • Museum number:

    1545-1888

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Cypriot traditional jewellery is a rich mix of oriental design and Greek workmanship. Western pilgrims to the Holy Land frequently passed through Cyprus, and the Cypriot goldsmiths absorbed influences from Western Europe as well as Ottoman Turkey. Their work is similar to jewellery from elsewhere in the region, but the quality is often higher.

This case was described as a relic case when it was bought, but it is more likely to have had a secular use. It would have been worn by a man, hanging from a long silver chain, and would have been meant to look like an expensive watch-case, regardless of what it contained.

Physical description

Flat cylindrical case with a loosely hinged lid. The lid is embossed with a double-headed eagle, and the base with a regular pattern round a central rosette. The sides are plain.

Place of Origin

Cyprus (made)

Date

1800-1880 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Silver-plated metal with repousse pattern

Dimensions

Diameter: 5.3 cm

Descriptive line

Cylindrical silver-plated case (ambousta tou korfou) with a repousse double-headed eagle on the front, Cyprus, 19th century.

Materials

Plated

Techniques

Repoussé; Moulding

Subjects depicted

Double-headed eagle

Categories

Jewellery; Metalwork; Personal accessories

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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