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Rosette Casket: M.18-1904

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Rosette Casket


Unknown (Production)


Casket of wood covered with ivory plaques fixed with bone pegs. The casket is rectangular with a projecting moulding round the base. The lid has a low rectangular truncated pyramid in the middle surrounded by a flat border. Each side of the casket is decorated with two sunk panels, each carved with a beast (four of griffins, two of lions, and two of bears) , framed by narrow plaques carved with formal rosettes. The sunk panels are flanked by narrow strips of polychrome intarsia work. The lid has a rectangular panel carved with a lion and a griffin confronted and two pairs of acanthus scrolls. The border is carved with scrolling foliage and bunches of grapes.


History note: Frédéric Spitzer, Paris; Spitzer Collection, vol. I, p. 30, no. 5; Frank McClean.

Legal notes

McClean Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 14.7 cm
Length: 24.9 cm
Width: 19.4 cm

Relative size of this object

24.9 cm14.7 cm What does this represent?

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Place(s) associated

  • Byzantium

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1904) by McClean, Frank


12th Century
Circa 1100 CE - Circa 1200 1200 CE


The wooden part and intarsia work are probably 19th century.

School or Style


Components of the work

Pegs: composed of bone Casket: composed of wood (plant material) Plaques: composed of ivory

Techniques used in production

Carving : Casket of wood with ivory plaques fixed with bone pegs

References and bibliographic entries

Related exhibitions

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.18-1904
Primary reference Number: 31578
Wikidata: Q87488020
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Saturday 9 October 2021 Last processed: Saturday 9 October 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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