Cassone Lid

This panel is the lid of a cassone, a large wooden chest that women would store textiles in when they got married. This cassone was given to the daughter of Giovanni Borromei when she married into the Pazzi family. The Pazzis and Borromeis were both influential noble families in Renaissance Italy. The wedding between them was a political event as much as a personal one. As shown on the panel, the putti (child figures) riding on dolphins were symbols of the Pazzis, and the banners display the Pazzi and Borromei coats of arms.

(Detail of Pazzi banner shown on right)