"Madama Butterfly" Limoges Box

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Description

Handcrafted and hand-painted in France, this Limoges porcelain box was created especially for the Met Opera Shop. It features a three-dimensional rendering of Cio-Cio-San, the title character of Puccini's Madama Butterfly.

Originally Limoges boxes were created to hold snuff and candies. Later they became a fashion statement and an indication of social status with the European aristocracy. Today they are used to mark lifeÍs special occasions or collected as objects of lasting beauty. Each piece is trimmed with 22K gold and made in Limoges, France, renowned since the 1700s for its exquisite porcelain.

Dimensions: 1.5"L x 2"W x 3.5"H

History

Puccini’s original version of Madama Butterfly premiered at Milan’s Teatro alla Scala in 1904. The composer was inspired to write an opera about a tragic love between a young Japanese geisha and an American Navy officer after seeing David Belasco’s play by the same name performed in London in June 1900. Puccini’s score includes many Japanese folk melodies, and is one of his most sweeping and sophisticated. It remains one of the world’s most popular operas.

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