Re: [MedievalSawdust] Re: pics of 6board chests
- I'd guess that it was so named, and came in many different shapes &
sizes, because it was a box that accompanied a nun when she entered
the convent, and contained such items of clothing and devotion as she
kept with her. When she died, the contents would have been disbursed,
to family if appropriate, the lay poor and other sisters with less
wealthy families and the box would have stayed in the convent until
worn out in use.
What we see today is an ecclectic assortment of chests/boxes all
correctly called nun's chest, but varying depending on the time or
place of manufacture.
> > Hi,
> > Nice looking box!
> > I'm just curious..... What makes it a nuns box as opposed to any other
> > six board chest? I ask because I saw a chest described as a nun's
> > chest in a museum in Rome but it was very different in design.
> > Chris