Double skin leaf. Obverse: "Mercury Slaying Argus." Reverse: vignette of Arabic gate. Carved ivory sticks form pagoda when closed; chinoiserie motifs with figures on guards above shoulders, mother-of-pearl backing on guards, diamond paste studs in rivet.
Signed (on reverse): "A. Grace."
Gift of Esther Oldham to the MFA, June 9, 1976.
- After Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez, Spanish, 1599–1660
Guard: 29.0 cm (11 7/16); maximum open: 52.0 cm (20 1/2 in.); arc: 155°
Medium or Technique
Skin leaf painted in watercolor; pierced ivory sticks; carved ivoryguard; mother-of-pearl, diamond paste