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    Bed (Headboard and Footboard)

    Elaborate beds and bed frames, often included in a woman’s dowry, were available to only the wealthiest members of colonial Spanish American society. In 1807 the traveler François de Pons described the magnificence of such “bedsteads, with deep headboards, showing nothing but gold, covered by superb damask counterpanes, and a number of down pillows in fine muslin cases, trimmed with lace.” Beds as elaborately carved and gilded as this rare surviving example from colonial Cuzco were used infrequently but kept conspicuously on view.

    Camas muy elaboradas y ricamente adornadas, a menudo incluidas en las dotes femeninas, eran accesibles sólo para los miembros más ricos de la sociedad colonial de Hispanoamérica. En 1807 el viajero François de Pons describió la magnificencia de tales “camas, con cabeceras profundas, mostrando nada más que oro, cubiertas por magníficas colchas adamascadas, y varias almohadas de plumas en fundas de muselina fina, bordeadas con encaje.” En el Cuzco colonial, camas minuciosamente talladas y doradas, como este raro ejemplo que ha sobrevivido, eran usadas con poca frecuencia pero se mantenían ostentosamente a la vista.

    • Medium: Gilt wood (probably cedar)
    • Dates: 1700-1760
    • Dimensions: a, headboard: 55 3/8 x 65 7/8 x 4 3/4 in. (140.7 x 167.3 x 12.1 cm) b, footboard: 55 3/8 x 65 7/8 x 7 3/4 in. (140.7 x 167.3 x 19.7 cm)  (show scale)
    • Collections:Decorative Arts
    • Museum Location: This item is not on view
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    • Accession Number: 41.1275.165a-b
    • Credit Line: Museum Expedition 1941, Frank L. Babbott Fund
    • Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
    • Caption: Bed (Headboard and Footboard), 1700-1760. Gilt wood (probably cedar), a, headboard: 55 3/8 x 65 7/8 x 4 3/4 in. (140.7 x 167.3 x 12.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Expedition 1941, Frank L. Babbott Fund, 41.1275.165a-b. Creative Commons-BY
    • Image: overall, 41.1275.165a-b_SL3.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
    • Record Completeness: Good (61%)
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