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Casket with arches (coffret; frise d'arcatures) (Body, back)

Casket with arches (coffret; frise d'arcatures) (Body, back)
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Body, front

Body, back; lid

Secular. Courtly love. Hunting scene.

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Cologne, St Ursula Schatzkammer


Ivory;silver (fittings decorated with hybrids, birds, monsters and geometric patterns)

Height: 45mm
Width: 140mm
Depth: 70mm

Courting couple (meeting of lovers); lady holding a chaplet. Couple embracing; lady holding a chaplet; tree. Lady crowning her kneeling lover with a chaplet. Seated couple embracing; youth with a hawk on his wrist; lady holding a chaplet; tree.Incised trefoils in the spandrels.
Body, front
Courting couple (meeting of lovers; lady holding a chaplet. Kneeling couple holding the lock; tree. Couple embracing.
End, right
Youth kneeling before his lover; lady holding a chaplet; trees.
Body, back
Couple embracing; lady holding an object (tbc). Hawking party; courting couple (meeting of lovers); lady and youth hawking on horseback; lady with a hawk on her wrist; trees. Youth chucking his lover under the chin.
End, left
Couple playing chess; lady holding two chess pieces in her left hand; youth with a hawk on his wrist; trees.

Koechlin Number: 1263

Koechlin 1924: France, 1st half of the 14th century.
Czymmek 2008: France, 1st half of the 14th century.


Carved on all sides.

Object Condition
Handle on the lid is broken on the right side.

F. Bock, Das Heilige Koeln (Leipzig, 1858), pp. 7ff, no. 27; French transl. Les Trésors sacrés de Cologne (Paris, 1862), no. 27A.
R. Koechlin, Les Ivoires gothiques français (Paris, 1924), I, pp. 34, 366, 474, 479-481; II, no. 1263.
S. Czymmek, Colonia Romanica. Jahrbuch des Fördervereins Romanische Kirchen Köln (Die Kölner Romanischen Kirchen Schatzkunst, vol. II), XXIII (2008), pp. 271-272.
P. M. Carns, 'Floire et Blancheflor: Gothic Secular Ivories and the Arts of Memory', in Studies in Iconography, 32 (2011), pp. 121-154, n. 6.


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