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Paris, Musée de Cluny-Musée national du Moyen Âge

Cl. 1808

Bone;wood (core);metal (fittings)

Height: 77mm
Width: 165mm
Depth: 132mm

Register 1: male dancers; female dancer.
Register 2: male dancer; musician with drum; dancing jester.
End, right
Hunting scene; dogs pursuing a stag; arrow in the stag's chest; hunter with a spear, blowing a horn; trees; sun.
Body, back
Jousting knights.
End, left
Lady playing the harp; gathering of pears (?); man beating the tree to make the fruits fall; female figure collecting the fruits in her skirt; musician with flute.
Crosshatched background. Foliated border.
Bottom: chequered pattern.

Koechlin Number: 1318

Koechlin 1924: France, end of 15th century.
Museum's opinion 2010: Flemish (?), end of 15th century.


Polychromy - Gilding
Traces of gilding and polychromy.

Bought in 1849 from Evans.

E. Du Sommerard, Catalogue et description des antiquités et objets d'art exposés au musée de Cluny (Paris, 1883), no. 1095.
R. Koechlin, Les Ivoires gothiques français (Paris, 1924), I, p. 527; II, no. 1318.
Ivoires: de l'Orient ancien aux temps modernes, exhibition catalogue, Paris, Musée du Louvre, 2004, fig. 168.
De l'écrin au cercueil: essai sur les contenants au Moyen Âge, ed. by D. James-Raoul and C. Thomasset (Paris, 2007), ill. VI.
P. Nuttall, 'The Bargello gamesboard: a north-south hybrid', in The Burlington Magazine, vol. CLII, no. 1292 (November 2010), pp. 716-722 (p. 722, n. 43).


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