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Box, ogee arches, with sliding lid (Lid)

Box, ogee arches, with sliding lid (Lid)
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End, left

Body, back

Body, front


Religious. Life of the Virgin.

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Madrid, Museo Nacional de Artes Decorativas


Bone; wood (core); ebony

140mm x 300mm x 170mm

Register 1: Joachim and Anna bring lambs to be sacrificed, but the High Priest rejects their offerings because they are childless; hanging lamp. Joachim in the wilderness with his shepherds; trees. Annunciation of the birth of the Virgin to Joachim by an angel. Annunciation of the birth of the Virgin Mary to Anna by an angel.
Register 2: Meeting at the Golden Gate (Meeting of Joachim and Anna). Birth of the Virgin; midwife bathing the Virgin. Presentation of the Virgin in the Temple. The Virgin and her parents are received by the high priest.
Body, front
Virgin praying in the Temple. Virgin weaving; Virgin fed by an angel. Betrothal of Joseph and the Virgin.
End, right
The Virgin enters her house with Anna. Joseph enters his house, holding the flowering stem.
Body, back
Annunciation; vase of lilies; dove of the Holy Spirit. Visitation. Nativity. Annunciation to the Shepherds.
End, left
Adoration of the Magi.
Crosshatched background. Tiled roof or brickwork. Pinnacles.
Bottom: chequered pattern.

Museum files 2010: North Italian (Tyrol or Piedmont), 2nd or 3rd quarter of the 15th century.

Polychromy - Gilding
Extensive polychromy (red and green) and gilding.

Object Condition
Missing: lock.

The interior is decorated with a chequered pattern alternating ebony and bone. The iconographical cycle is inspired by the Biblia pauperum.

Collection of Olegario Junyent, Catalan painter, stage designer and illustrator (b. 1856, d. 1956); collection of Bartolomé March Servera (d. 1998); acquired on the Spanish antiques market in 1996.

Exposición Oleguer Junyent, exhibition catalogue, Barcelona, Palacio de la Virreina, 1961, p. 47, no. 215.
'Palma de Mallorca. Kästchen aus privaten Sammlungen. Kleinodientruhen private Denkmäller', in Die Weltkunst 4 (15 February 1980), p. 404.


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