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Amulet Case Surmounted by a Ram

The nomadic communities of Central Asia used such plaques to embellish clothing and horse trappings. As these nomadic cultures herded animals and were constantly moving, their artistic production was expressed ... more

Lampas Fragment and case

Although this textile has been identified as Seljuq, the very rounded cursive script of its inscription relates most closely to Il-Khanid tile inscriptions from the second half of the 13th century. Moreover, th... more

Amulet Case

Made in Iran

Ivory Mirror Case with a Falconing Party

Such mirror cases were made by ivory carvers called pigniers, who specialized in them as well as combs. Among the most popular products of Gothic ivory carvers, mirrors were made in pairs so that they could be... more

Mirror Case

Ivory mirror cases were usually carved in pairs to protect a polished metal disk within. Few pairs survive today, and none with their original protective leather case. Made in France

Mirror Case

Ivory mirror cases were usually carved in pairs to protect a polished metal disk within. Few pairs survive today, and none with their original protective leather case. Made in France

Mirror Case

Mirror cases, which might be considered forerunners of the modern compact, were primarily destined for the aristocracy, and their subject matter reflects the activities and interests of their owners. Here, a l... more

Section from a Quran Manuscript

This pouch, decorated with the Nasrid shield and motto, "There is no Victor but God," may have held a section of a small Qur'an. A French inscription on a piece of paper found inside the pouch at the time of pu... more

Case for a Book

On the back is an unidentified coats of arms with a crozier and mitre, suggesting that this protective cover for a book belonged to a bishop.

Case, Cup

Since travelers in the Middle Ages usually carried their own eating utensils, there were a number of leather cases molded to fit the shapes of cups, knives, forks, or spoons, which would protect the objects whi... more

Portable Reliquary Case

The small size of the reliquary (1984.24.1) and its fitted case indicated that it was intended to be carried on the owner's person. The enameled plaque reads: "de sepulchro s[an]c[ti]/ vi[n]ce[n]cii e de carne/... more

Pen Case

This gilt-steel container for writing instruments is inlaid with gold in the form of cartouches filled with abstracted foliate scrolls and lotus flowers, all set on a similarly patterned ground, including geome... more

Bow Case, Quiver, and Belt (gzhu shubs dang mda' shubs)

Matching sets of bow case, quiver, and belt of this relatively early type are very rare. The few examples that exist in museum collections were acquired mostly in the early twentieth century. Both the bow case ... more

Storage Case (Karabitsu)

The karabitsu (literally, Chinese chest) is a rectangular lidded chest raised on four legs. The name implies a foreign origin for this elegant and functional form, used in Japan since the Nara period (645–794) ... more


The surface of this circular case is embossed with griffins and an expressive mask.

Alarm case

Punching and embossing were used to decorate this case, which may have been made to carry an alarm clock. The raised passages were intended for a carrying cord.

Plate 30: Venus and Cupid pleading their case before Jupiter and other Gods with Mercury transporting Psyche to the heavens at lower right, from the Story of Cupid and Psyche as told by Apuleius

This book contains 32 plates bound together, 3 of which are by Agostino Veneziano. Master of the Die (Italian, active Rome, ca. 1530–60)

Traveling case

Bartholomew Newsam is the earliest known native English maker of small domestic clocks, yet his few surviving works are remarkably similar to French clocks. In this example, the cylindrical gilded-brass case co... more

Mitre case with the arms of Cardinal Scipio Gonzaga

Cardinal Scipio Gonzaga was created Patriarch of Jerusalem in 1585 and Cardinal in 1587.

Sealing wax case

This sealing wax case would have been used to store sealing wax; the faceted end was then used to impress the melted wax with the owner’s cypher, in this case conjoined R’s. The foliate pattern with classicized... more

Goa Stone and Gold Case

Goa stones, named for the place where they were manufactured by Jesuits in the late seventeenth century, were manmade versions of bezoars (gallstones from ruminants). Both types were used for their medicinal an... more

Amulet case with Vishnu Riding Garuda

Amulet boxes had powerful talismanic functions, and their design often refers to divine realms. Here Vishnu travels in a cosmic sphere on his vehicle Garuda.

Case for Two Pipes

Attributed to India

Scissors case

The rather sophisticated ornamental piercing on this case represents a transitional moment: the language is ultimately drawn from late Mannerist motifs (the scrolling foliage inhabited by frolicking putti), but... more

Spearhead and Storage Case (清 矛頭)

With its pure form and clean lines, this spearhead shows a level of quality and refinement usually reserved for the best sword blades and seldom found on spears or other staff weapons. At the base of its socket... more

Scissors case

Like another scissors case in the Museum's permanent collection (see 2014.737.1), this object illustrates a rite of passage for women—in this case engagement and marriage. While this example does not include th... more

Mirror Case

Attributed to Iran

Case (Inrō) with Lion and Peonies

Edo period (1615–1868)

Oval Case Decorated with Schweifwerk in Two Variants, Surrounded by Smaller Motifs, Flowers and Two Birds Below

In this very sophisticated example of the use of blackwork, Jacques Hurtu presents a decorated oval pendant, which could be the model for a watch case, or (portrait) medallion. In the oval itself he shows two v... more

Case (Inrō) with Design of Blossoming Plum Tree

Kano Seisen’in (1775–1828) Edo period (1615–1868)