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Chess piece (Group)

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Paris, Musée de Cluny-Musée national du Moyen Âge

Cl. 11286

Walrus ivory

Height: 71mm
Width: 72mm
Depth: 39mm

Rook; watchman holding a spear and blowing into a horn; flanked by two smaller soldiers with shields (?); dog.

Paris 1990: Scandinavia (Denmark?), early 14th century.
Museum's opinion 2010: Scandinavia, 1st half of the 14th century.


Carved in the round.

Similar pieces are to be found in the Musée de Cluny, Paris (Cl. 11285), at the British Museum (Inv. 1856,0612.2) and the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore (71.1157). See related objects.

Given by Charles Stein in 1885.

R. Koechlin, Les Ivoires gothiques français (Paris, 1924), I, p. 468.
H. J. Wichmann, Schach, Ursprung und Wandlung des Spielfigur in 12 Jahrhunderten (Munich, 1960), no. 68.
M. Pastoureau, L'Échiquier de Charlemagne: un jeu pour ne pas jouer (Paris, 1990), p. 54.
Pièces d'Échecs, exhibition catalogue, Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale (Cabinet des médailes et antiques), 7 June - 30 September 1990, no. 35.
A. Erlande-Brandenburg, P.-Y. Le Pogam, D. Sandron, Musée national du Moyen Âge-Thermes de Cluny: guide des collections (Paris, 1993), no. 164, p. 136.


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