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Mirror case (valve de miroir) (Front)

Mirror case (valve de miroir) (Front)
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Religious. Old Testament.

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Ecouen, Musée national de la Renaissance; on deposit from Paris, Musée de Cluny-Musée national du Moyen Âge

ECl. 15318


Height: 118mm (diameter)

David and Bathsheba; messenger delivering a message from David to Bathsheba; David observing Bathsheba bathing from his castle; fountain; tree.
Crosshatched background. Vine border with grapes.

Koechlin Number: 1118B

Museum's opinion 2015: early 16th century.


Back turned with a depression for (missing) mirror.
Blue and white label with inscription '9689' (Wasset bequest).

Object Condition
Border broken in two pieces which have been glued back together. Rim of the central roundel partly broken.
Central roundel cracked.

Made of two different pieces of ivory (border and central roundel).

Bequest of François-Achille Wasset in 1906 (no. 9689).

R. Koechlin, Les Ivoires gothiques français (Paris, 1924), I, p. 414; II, no. 1118B; III, pl. CLXXXVIII.
P. Williamson and G. Davies, Medieval Ivory Carvings 1200-1550 (London, 2014), in relation to no. 208.


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