Box

DATE:
late 15th–mid-16th century
MATERIAL AND TECHNIQUE:
Iron, wood
CLASSIFICATION:
Containers
DIMENSIONS:
4 3/4 × 4 7/16 × 6 1/2 in. (12.07 × 11.27 × 16.51 cm)
DEPARTMENT:
Decorative Arts and Design
LOCATION:
Wendy and Emery Reves Collection - Villa La Pausa, Level 3
CREDIT LINE:
Dallas Museum of Art, The Wendy and Emery Reves Collection
COPYRIGHT:
Image courtesy Dallas Museum of Art
OBJECT NUMBER:
1985.R.816

General Description

Sometimes called girdle boxes, small portable strongboxes like this one are believed to have been used for transporting important documents or money in the late medieval and early Renaissance periods. Constructed of a wooden core covered with sheets of wrought and pierced iron and fitted with a large lock, this box was well protected from the dangers inherent in travel during this era. The rings on the side were probably used to attach the box to the messenger's belt for further security.

Adapted from

  • Dallas Museum of Art, Decorative Arts Highlights from the Wendy and Emery Reves Collection (Dallas, Texas: Dallas Museum of Art, 1995), 13.

  • Dallas Museum of Art, The Wendy and Emery Reves Collection (Dallas, Texas: Dallas Museum of Art, 1985), 177.