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

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

End, right

End, left

Secular. Courtly love. Arthurian romance.

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Providence, Rhode Island School of Design, Museum of Art


Ivory;metal (fittings)

Height: 53mm
Width: 130mm
Depth: 85mm

Unidentified crowned female saint holding a martyr's palm and a book. Adoration of the Magi; attendants with horses; angel crowning the Virgin; Virgin holding a flower; rosettes in the spandrels; pinnacles.
Body, front
Courting couple (meeting of lovers); youth kneeling before a lady. Lady holding a dog; crouching men supporting the lock on their backs, including a bearded man with a crutch; standing knight in armour with outstretched arm. Knight lying on a bed attended by two ladies; knight asleep.
End, right
Knight on horseback charging with a spear; bearded man on horseback with a bow.
Body, back
Courting couple (meeting of lovers); lady crowning her kneeling lover with a chaplet. Lady charging with a spear and shield; knight in armour on horseback, holding a cup or chalice. Youth kneeling before a lady; trees.
End, left
Elopement; couple on horseback; knight in armour; castle; trees.

Museum's opinion 2012: 19th century copy (following Randall's unpublished opinion).


Carved on all sides.
On the bottom, round label with handwritten inscription: '238'. Red and white label with inscription 'A68294' and the current inventory number. Oval red and white label with inscription: '521.25'. White label with typed text: '46.567 (formerly 521.26 French - 14th century ivory reproduction'.

In a 1985 letter, Randall identified this piece as a modern copy of a casket in Aachen (KK 998; Koechlin 1312). The inside of the casket is lined with red fabric.

Collection of Mrs Jesse H. Metcalf; on loan to the museum from 1926; her gift to the museum in 1946.


© Photography by Erik Gould, courtesy of the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence.
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Jesse H. Metcalf 46.567.

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