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Snuff box

Snuff box

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1720 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Tortoise-shell, silver and gold

  • Credit Line:

    Griffin Bequest

  • Museum number:

    M.252-1960

  • Gallery location:

    Silver, Room 69, The Whiteley Galleries, case 20

Physical description

Snuff box, blonde tortoishell inlaid with gold. Decoration consists of Rococo strapwork picked out in pique. On the front frame a scene with a blind man walking wiht a stick, from the seated figure of Pallas Athena.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

ca. 1720 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Tortoise-shell, silver and gold

Dimensions

Length: 2.875 in, Width: 2.125 in

Object history note

Acquisition RF: 60/2897
Griffin Bequest

Descriptive line

Snuff box, tortoiseshell inlaid with gold, England, ca.1720

Labels and date

Silver Gallery:
Amidst the Rococo scrollwork, the goddess Athena appears to send off a blindfolded man. This scene possibly refers to the Greek myth of Teiresias who was blinded as a punishment for seeing Athena naked. [26/11/2002]

Materials

Tortoiseshell; Silver; Gold

Techniques

Inlay

Subjects depicted

Man

Categories

Containers; Metalwork; Personal accessories

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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