Boxwood carvings went into fashion between the 1500s and the 1530s in Netherlands. They contain intricate carvings of religious events and figures that Catholics could carry around with them wherever they go. However, when the Reformation began, these tiny works of art quickly went out of fashion.
There are only 135 known miniature boxwood carvings and researchers are eager to study them all. However, in order to preserve the carvings, researchers must use micro-CT scanning and Advanced 3D Analysis Software to see the inner layers and hidden details of these carvings.
These boxwood carvings can fit an entire story in the palm of your hand! This one depicts the Annunciation and the Adoration of the Magi.