Painted wood, with iron
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Bequest of Marion Koogler McNay
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During the colonial era (1598-1821), six-plank chests, or cajas, were the most common furniture item in Hispanic New Mexican homes. Adorned with chip-carved geometric designs, cajas were inspired by Spanish motifs, most of which are still visible today in contemporary Hispanic New Mexican furniture. The upright lions signify courage, and the rosettes are reminiscent of Spain's Moorish influence.


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