WHY DID WE ACQUIRE IT?
Coupled with decorative carvings on the front and side panels and feet (legs), this chest speaks of permanent settlement, rather than transitory and temporary villages on the Nuevo Mexico frontera, frequently under threat from Comanche and Ute raiders. Moreover, the time and energy to grow wheat to make flour and the presence of a mill to grind that wheat into flour, all support the story of permanence on the Spanish frontier.
CAN I SEE IT?
Yes. It is currently on display in the Atherton Gallery.