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Comb (peigne double) (Side 2)

Comb (peigne double) (Side 2)
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Side 1

Secular. Romance. Hunting scene.

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Oxford, Ashmolean Museum

Inv. WA1947.191.223


Height: 131 mm
Width: 166 mm
Depth: 6 mm (5mm minimum depth)

Side 1: Fountain of Youth; old and young; cripples with crutches; couples bathing; soldier with a halberd; lady wearing a horned headdress (bourrelet); trees.
Side 2: Hunter spearing a boar; hunter on foot, holding a halberd; hunter on horseback blowing a horn; trees; running dogs.
Roped border; crosshatched background; foliated scrolls; vine border with grapes.

Warren 2014: probably France, mid-15th century.


Polychromy - Gilding
Traces of gilding and polychromy

Carved on both sides.

Object Condition
Broken in two pieces along a vertical line, and later repaired.
Damage on the right side (when facing the Fountain of Youth scene), repaired with new plugs of bone.

Collection of Albert Denison Denison, 1st Baron Londesborough, (b. 1805, d.1860), by 1857. Collection of Charles Fairfax Murray (b. 1849, d. 1919). Iden, art dealer, 1946; collection of John Francis Mallett; his bequest to the Museum in 1947.

F. W. Fairholt, Miscellanea graphica: representations of ancient, medieval, and renaissance remains in the possession of Lord Londesborough (London, 1857), pl. XX, fig. 1.
P. Williamson and G. Davies, Medieval Ivory Carvings 1200-1550 (London, 2014), in relation to no. 215.
J. Warren, Medieval and Renaissance Sculpture in the Ashmolean Museum, 3 vols (Oxford, 2014), Vol. 2: Sculptures in Stone, Clay, Ivory, Bone and Wood, no. 182.


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