Woman's double casket depicting the story of Isaac and Rebekah - ROM2004_1034_2

ROM2004_1034_2

Woman's double casket depicting the story of Isaac and Rebekah

Medium:Wooden casket covered with satin silk embroidered with silver and silk
Geography: England
Date: 1650-1680
Dimensions:
29 x 26.5 x 19 cm
Object number: 960.149
Not on view
DescriptionThe casket is made with seven drawers and a hinged lid, and has a fixed tray divided into sections: two are fitted with glass bottles and one with a pincushion. The wood is entirely covered with white silk satin embroidered with figures, animals, flowers, and foliage primarily in multicoloured silk satin stitch. The casket depicts biblical scenes from Genesis and figures in contemporary seventeenth century dress. The four sides are embroidered in three panels each, with animals, insects, foliage, and birds. On the top of the lid is the scene of Isaac’s servant leading his camels and offering Rebekah the golden bracelet. Jacob’s dream is shown on the back of the box, Abraham and the Angel of the Lord on the left side, and the meeting of Jacob and Rachel on the right side. Isaac’s servant with camels taking leave of Abraham is shown on the outside of the doors, and a scene of Hagar and Ishmael being cast forth is on the outside. Other panels are filled with rustic scenes. Inside the doors, the top panel is embroidered with a scene of the Angel of the Lord appearing to Hagar and Ishmael in the wilderness.
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