Collection News: Medieval and Renaissance Decorative Arts

Newly on View in the Medieval Gallery

15th-century German marriage chestIn the Medieval Gallery, see a recent acquisition—a 15th-century German Minnekästchen, or marriage chest, that once held jewels and other treasured objects. Carved from fruitwood, it’s richly illustrated with heraldic symbols and animals both real (lions, camels and monkeys) and imaginary (unicorns and griffins). It’s pictured at right.

Also in the Medieval Gallery is a recently acquired set of Renaissance wedding cutlery with a stamped leather case in the form of a fish. Four of the knives represent courting couples, two others most likely a groom and his bride.