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Gothic Marriage Chest

Gothic Marriage Chest

c. 1500

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Wood with painting and gilding

Overall: 71.8 x 127 x 55.9 cm (28 1/4 x 50 x 22 in.)

Gift of the John Huntington Art and Polytechnic Trust 1915.535

Description

These elaborately carved chests were given by husbands to their wives on the occasion of their wedding. Inside the home such chests were used for the storage of clothing and were elaborately painted and gilded. These chests are examples of a type produced in Barcelona from the late 1400s onward.

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