Thursday, May 10, 2007

Martha Edlin's Casket

Nope... not that kind of casket. Martha's casket is a small box made to hold her treasures in 1671. I spent my lunch hour wandering thru the Victoria and Albert Museum in London via their website when I found this beauty. I'm sure many of you know about it but it was new to me!

It is made of wood covered in panels of white satin which she embellished with intricately sewn scenes using colored silk, metal threads and applied pearls. Geometric patterns, flowers, birds and animals are done with great attention to detail. It also has the seven virtues and the figure of Music, dressed as a fashionable lady playing the lute. The video of her work is inspiring. She was only 11 years old when she made this! The close-up of the detail on the lute player is particularly wonderful. Martha made samplers as well and kits for those are apparently available at many retailers.



Allison Ann Aller said...

What a treat. This is a fantastic use for the Internet!

Susan said...

What a fun lunch hour! Thanks for the video link. At first, I did think *that* kind of casket, and wondered a little. =)