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Back panel (fragment of a casket), with quatrefoils (coffret; quatre-feuilles) (Front)

Back panel (fragment of a casket), with quatrefoils (coffret; quatre-feuilles) (Front)
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Secular. Courtly love.

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Edinburgh, National Museum of Scotland

Inv. A.1887.450 A

Ivory;metal (nails)

Height: 57mm
Width: 142mm
Depth: 5mm

Courting couples (meeting of lovers); youth chucking his lover under the chin. Couple embracing; lady holding a chaplet. Lady crowning her kneeling lover with a chaplet. Couple conversing.

Museum's opinion 2015: France, 14th century.


Extensive traces of glue and paper.
Label with inscription: 'Ivory panel (one of four). Bt. at Christie, Manson and Woods (Nesbitt's sale), May, '87 £ 19..17/'. Blue and white round label with inscription '86/4'.

Object Condition
Green stains left by the lost metal fittings.
Holes for lost fittings.

This panel once formed the back panel of a casket; three other sides of the casket have survived also at the National Museum of Scotland (Inv. A.1887.450 and Inv. A.1887.450 B-C; see related objects), but the lid is missing.

Collection of Alexander Nesbitt (b. 1817, d. 1886), Sussex antiquarian: his sale, Christie's, Manson & co, London, May 1887; acquired by the museum at this sale.


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