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Bargueño (Writing Desk): Inside

Walnut with inlaid bone
Aragón, Spain
Late sixteenth or early seventeenth century
127 x 94 x 54 cm

The portable writing desk or bargueño was the most popular piece of furniture in Spanish homes in the 1500s and 1600s. This Spanish bargueño was brought to Mexico. The decoration of this desk reveals the strong Islamic influence in Spanish art.

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