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Saddle (selle); known as the Saddle of Ercole d'Este (Left side)

Saddle (selle); known as the Saddle of Ercole d'Este (Left side)
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Right side


Secular. Courtly love. Religious. Old Testament. Saints.

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Modena, Galleria Estense

Inv. 2461


Height: 44 mm
Width: 450 mm
Length: 580 mm

Courting couple (meeting of lovers); lady aiming her bow and arrow at a youth, from the castle battlements; fashionable dress; scroll; trees. Wreath containing the coat of arms of Duke Ercole I d'Este, Count of Ferrara. Lady crowning her lover with a chaplet; couple embracing; scroll; trees.
Right side
Lady holding a flower; trees; scroll with a rosette; bearded head. Animal head with scroll with inscription 'deus fortitu'; clouds.
Samson fighting the lion; inscription: 'Deus fortitudo mea'. Saint George and the dragon; arour; shield; sword; inscription: 'Deus adiutor'.
Left side
Head; scroll with inscription 'deus forti'. Youth with a hawk on his wrist.
Roped border; foliated decoration.

Museum's opinion 2014: North Italian, c. 1470.


Engraved on all sides.

Collection of the Duke Ercole I d'Este, Count of Ferrara (b. 1471, d. 1505); the museum opened to the public in 1854.

J. von Schlosser, 'Elfenbeinsättel des ausgehenden Mittelalters', in Jahrbuch der Kunsthistorischen Sammlungen des allerhöchsten Kaiserhauses, 15 (1894), pp. 260-294, no. 17. Fully accessible online as part of the Heidelberger historische Bestände: http://digi.ub.uni-heidelberg.de/diglit/jbksak1894/0318 [accessed 24/07/2013].
M. Verő, 'Bemerkungen zu den beinsätteln aus der Sigismundzeit', in Sigismundus rex et imperator: Kunst und Kultur zur Zeit Sigismunds von Luxemburg 1387-1437, exhibition catalogue, Budapest and Luxemburg, 2006, pp. 270-278 (p. 278, no. 25).


© Galleria Estense, Modena.
Credit line: Su concessione del Ministero dei Beni e delle Attività Culturali e del Turismo - Archivo Fotografico della SBSAE di Modena e Reggio Emilia.

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