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Box

This is a box. It is dated 19th century and we acquired it in 1966. Its medium is molded and carved tortoiseshell inlaid with silver and mother of pearl. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

This oval tortoiseshell box features inlaid scenes of workshops on top and underside. The scenes are likely derived from a print source. Artisans are shown heating and bending what appears to be horn and flattening it with a large screw press.

This object was donated by Estate of Harry G. Friedman. It is credited Gift of the Estate of Harry G. Friedman.

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  • Lent by Private Collection.
  • 13.2016.1

Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 3.5 x 13.5 x 8.4 cm (1 3/8 x 5 5/16 x 3 5/16 in.)

Cite this object as

Box; molded and carved tortoiseshell inlaid with silver and mother of pearl; H x W x D: 3.5 x 13.5 x 8.4 cm (1 3/8 x 5 5/16 x 3 5/16 in.); Gift of the Estate of Harry G. Friedman; 1966-2-11

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