Erasmustruhe
Erasmustruhe
Erasmustruhe
Erasmustruhe
Erasmustruhe
Erasmustruhe
Erasmustruhe
Erasmustruhe
Erasmustruhe
Erasmustruhe
Erasmustruhe
Erasmustruhe
Erasmustruhe
Erasmustruhe

The Erasmus chest

dated 1539
Jakob Steiner(?), Basle
Carcase: limewood; veneer and carving
Hungarian ash, walnut
height 113 cm, width 197 cm, depth 69 cm
Inv. 1870.911.

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As an early example of a piece of Renaissance furniture from north of the Alps, as a secular reliquary for the effects of the famous humanist Erasmus of Rotterdam, who died in Basle in 1536, and symbolically as the nucleus of the collecting and museum tradition in Basle, the Erasmus chest occupies a prime place amongst the objects of the Basel Historical Museum. The programme of carving on the chest conceived by Erasmus's heir, the jurist Bonifacius Amerbach, refers to the chest's function and raises it to the status of a cenotaph: "For myself and in remembrance of the greatest among the circle of scholars have I had this made", reads the Latin dedication on the feet at the front. The heads in the medallions are those of Solomon, Aristotle and Virgil, to be interpreted as representatives of Hebrew, Greek and Latin literature, and that of Erasmus himself, the leading scholar of his time and their match and equal. Erasmus's effects, consisting of household goods, ornaments and cutlery of precious metal, are partially preserved and displayed in the museum next to the chest.

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