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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.

Inscription

Signed (on reverse): "A. Grace."

Provenance

Gift of Esther Oldham to the MFA, June 9, 1976.

Credit Line

Oldham Collection

about 1750

Object Place

Netherlands (?)

Dimensions

Guard: 29.0 cm (11 7/16); maximum open: 52.0 cm (20 1/2 in.); arc: 155°

Accession Number

1976.323

Medium or Technique

Skin leaf painted in watercolor; pierced ivory sticks; carved ivoryguard; mother-of-pearl, diamond paste

Collections

Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes