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Detail: open box MIA_.2956c.tif

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Detail of open box: lid and base open: MIA_.2954c.tif


Embroidered Box, 1662
H.11-3/4 x W.11 x D.8 in. (overall)
silk, metallic threads on white satin, decorated with seed pearls, wood, metal

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Subject Matter:
This box tells the Old Testament story of Queen Esther.

Needlework has always been an important art for of England. In the 17th century, a unique style of raised work embroidery was developed and in its most elaborate form was used to pictorially embellish decorative boxes used to store one's personal treasures. This piece, one of the finest of its kind, tells the Old Testament story of Queen Esther, whose intelligence and diplomacy saved her people from persecution.

The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
No. 95.14a-bb
The John R. Van Derlip Fund and gifts in honor of Mary Ann Butterfield, textile conservator at The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, on the occasion of her retirement
Permission for educational use only granted by The Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Index terms:
Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
embroidery boxes (containers)

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