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Tobacco Box 18th Century Brass & Copper Dutch Antique
Tobacco Box 18th Century Brass & Copper Dutch Antique
WITH MYTHOLOGICAL STORY IN HIDDEN CIMPARTMENT
 

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Description:
Heavily engraved mythological stories decorate the top and bottom of the brass and copper Dutch tobacco box. The lids have secret compartments that reveal the story of Actaeon and Artemis. In Greek mythology, Actaeon, or Aktaion was a son of Aristaeus and Autonoe in Boeotia, a hunter who endured the wrath of Artemis. Artemis was once bathing nude in the woods near Boeotian Orchomenos when the hunter Actaeon stumbled across her. He stopped and stared, amazed at her ravishing beauty. When she saw him, Artemis changed him to a stag, for his unlucky profanation of her virginal mysteries, and set his own hounds to kill him. He was torn apart. From "The world knowledge library" www.masterliness.com/a/Actaeon.htm) To enhance the amazement of the viewer the inner lid opens like a window showing another mythological story. All the pictures are created by applying brass cutouts over velvet.
Size:
1.25" H, 2.25" D, 5 W
Material:
Brass & Copper
Period:
Early 18th century
Condition:
excellent
Country of Origin:
Netherlands
Status:
sold
Item No.:
217
Price:
US$ 5,000.00
 
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