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Coffer

A work made of wood, tortoiseshell, mother-of-pearl, silver, glass, and paint.
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  • A work made of wood, tortoiseshell, mother-of-pearl, silver, glass, and paint.

Date:

c. 1750

Artist:

Peruvian
Probably Lima

About this artwork

This coffer, or box, reflects a blending of designs: octagonal spice boxes from India; inlay techniques of mother-of-pearl from Japan; and in the interior, gold-painted scenes—a hut, figures, and birds in an imaginary landscape—from Chinese lacquer screens. Lima craftsmen absorbed all of these influences from the traffic of Asian goods through the Philippines and other Spanish Pacific colonies. This piece served as a receptacle for jewelry, combs, and other materials for a member of colonial Peru’s wealthy class to prepare at their toilet, a European aristocratic morning custom of formally donning dress, cosmetics, and jewelry that found its way to the Americas.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Applied Arts of Europe

Artist

Artist unknown

Title

Coffer

Place

Lima department (Object Probably made in)

Date

c. 1725–1775

Medium

Wood, tortoiseshell, mother-of-pearl, silver, glass, and paint

Dimensions

13.4 × 41.3 × 41 cm (5 1/4 × 16 1/4 × 16 1/8 in.)

Credit Line

Neville and John H. Bryan and Roger and J. Peter McCormick endowment funds

Reference Number

2019.799

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