Casket

Casket

Casket
Germany
Steel
About 1570–1600
Museum no. 1054-1893

Strong boxes like this kept important documents and valuable jewellery safe and secure. This one is etched with allegorical figures. On the front of the casket a woman in classical costume symbolises ‘Music’. She is identified by her instruments - a lyre and a horn. Music was one of the seven liberal arts, a classical programme of education taught in universities.