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Creusa Receiving the Burning Jewelry from Medea

Object Details

Title:

Creusa Receiving the Burning Jewelry from Medea

Artist/Maker:

Boucicaut Master or workshop (French, active about 1390 - 1430)

Culture:

French

Place:

Paris, France (Place Created)

Date:

about 1413–1415

Medium:

Tempera colors, gold leaf, gold paint, and ink

Object Number:

Ms. 63 (96.MR.17), fol. 9

Dimensions:

Leaf: 42 × 29.6 cm (16 9/16 × 11 5/8 in.)

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Object Description

Clothed in a rich red gown trimmed with ermine fur, Creusa, daughter of the king of Corinth, reaches out her right hand to touch the jewels that will kill her. Smiling graciously and unaware, she accepts wedding gifts dipped in a magical potion that would burn when touched, as indicated by the flames leaping from the open casket on the right. The gift-givers, sons of Jason and Medea, transmit Medea's intentions toward the new bride-to-be of her former husband.