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Although the shape of the lid is reminiscent of Italian cassone, or marriage chests, the style of the carving suggests instead that the chest originated in somewhere in the Spanish colonies. The unusual heraldic lions in particular recall other Spanish colonial works and can be seen on South American embossed leather chests, for example. This idea is further supported by the inclusion of a double-headed eagle, symbolic of the Hapsburg family who were the rulers of Spain and the Spanish Empire in the 16th and 17th centuries.
Measurements: 16" (41 cm) High; 35" (89 cm) Wide; 19" (48 cm) Deep