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Box with chivalric scenes

<p>A box with chivalric scenes from the 14<sup>th</sup>-15<sup>th</sup> centuries, wood lined with cordwain and metal, 16 &times; 35.5 &times; 20.5 cm, Catalonia or France</p>

A box with chivalric scenes from the 14th-15th centuries, wood lined with cordwain and metal, 16 × 35.5 × 20.5 cm, Catalonia or France

A box decorated with twelve windows depicting romantic scenes (of courtly love) which are surrounded by eighteen frames of mythological drawings. Troubadour scenes can also be seen on the sides of the box, whereas on the back you can read the inscription “AVE MARIA GRACIA PLENA DOMINUS”.

These objects were used primarily by the nobles and ecclesiastic orders to keep personal belongings, coins or documents owned by the lords and ladies, but they might also contain gilt work treasures or be used as a gift or a pledge of love, which is why the decoration often illustrates scenes inspired in courtly love.

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