Casket with the Triumph of Diana,
Limoges, France, about 1550, Pierre Reymond (about 1513–after 1584), Grisaille enamel on copper and gilded metal
This casket, or lockable box, may have been a wedding gift because its decoration symbolizes the purification of lust by marital love. On the front, the goddess Venus, who represents carnal love, and her son, Eros, are carried as prisoners in the virginal Diana’s chariot drawn by stags. The right cover panel depicts Venus naked with Eros between her legs—an erotic scene in contrast to the left one showing Diana with her stag. Because of a mistake in transferring this scene from the print source, Diana reclines along the curved upper edge, requiring that the plaque be mounted upside down.