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Box

A work made of red oak and white pine.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of red oak and white pine.

Date:

1650/1700

Artist:

Artist unknown
American, 17th/18th century
Eastern Massachusetts

About this artwork

The most common object in a colonial home, a small, lidded rectangular storage box would have held personal articles, such as household items, writing implements, or a Bible. They were decorated simply, usually only on the front, with stylized plants or vegetation and geometric lines. The Art Institute’s box is segmented by an upper band of intersecting lunettes with intervening foliate leaves and a lower border with repeating floral S-scrolls. The initials "M P," carved in the center of the box, are presumably those of the original owner (although his or her identity is unknown).

On View

Arts of the Americas, Gallery 165

Artist

Artist unknown

Title

Box

Origin

Eastern Massachusetts

Date

c. 1650–1700

Medium

Red oak and white pine

Inscriptions

Initials "MP" carved in center front

Dimensions

24.8 × 63.5 × 45.7 cm (9 3/4 × 25 × 18 in.)

Credit Line

Wirt D. Walker Fund

Reference Number

1946.564

Extended information about this artwork

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