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Coffin Box

1992.387AB (RS21256)

Description

A small wood, red and gold painted, box in the shape of a coffin. There are incised decorations on the top and one side. The box is joined with different sized nails, most are square-headed. The angling of the coffin sides are created by making partial cuts in two side panels, and bending and nailing them along the sides. Four large holes were made in the bottom of the coffin, perhaps to accommodate the feet. Slightly raised circles are visible around incised designs to assist the maker in carving. Some moisture stains are visible on the lid and bottom of the coffin. The top and bottom edge of the lid have scalloped inside edges.

Details

Maker
unknown
Date
1800-1850
Associated Building
Original to Cogswell's Grant (Essex, Mass.).
Material
nailing
oil paint (paint)
wood (plant material)
Object type
Ceremonial Artifact
Descriptive terms
boxes (containers)
Carved
Coffin
funerary containers
Nailed
nailing
Oil Paint
oil paint (paint)
Wood
wood (plant material)
Dimensions
12 x 5 3/4 x 3 1/4 (HxWxD) (inches)
Accession Number
1992.387AB
Credit Line
Gift of Bertram K. and Nina Fletcher Little
GUSN
11437

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