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Creator Nationality: European; Southern European; Italian; Sienese
Creator Dates/Places: Italian; Siena
Creator Name-CRT: Italian; Siena
Title: Book Cover
View: Principal view
Creation Start Date: 1343
Creation End Date: 1343
Creation Date: 1343
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Materials and Techniques: tempera on wood
Dimensions: H. 16 1/8 in. (41 cm), W. 9 3/4 in. (24.8 cm)
Description: This painted wood panel once covered an account book compiled by the biccherna of Siena, a committee who served as administrators and treasurers of the commune. The scene at the top shows three of the five committee members , all of whose names are listed in the inscription below. The carmarlingo, or secretary, wearing the white robes of a Cistercian monk, counts a bag of money before two officers with record books. The painted book cover belongs to a long tradition of Sienese civic commissions. For some 500 years beginning in 1258, the commune hired local painters to decorate the covers of the financial books at the end of each fiscal term.
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York
ID Number: 10.203.3
Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1910
Copyright: Copyright ? 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All rights reserved.
AMICA ID: MMA_.10.203.3
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright (c) 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All Rights Reserved

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