Lock and Hasp for Chest

French (?)
Medieval
late 15th–early 16th century


Object Place: Europe, France (?)

Dimensions

12.7 x 9.21 cm (5 x 3 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

42.530

Medium or Technique

Metal; Iron

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Metalwork

Rectangular angled plate with lock comprising a double mechanism riveted to the back and openwork tracery and a Gothic arch with pinnacle riveted to the front; hinged hasp with a catch, a standing saint holding a book and a Gothic canopy; and two compound square-shanked bolts with hand-cut screws in the form of pillars. Forged, chiseled, and riveted. The keyhole is centered beneath the arch, which is superimposed on two stories of tracery.

Provenance

Until 1942, William Emerson, Boston; 1942, gift of Emerson to the MFA. (Accession date: November 12, 1942)

Credit Line

Gift of William Emerson