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Hair parter or knife handle (gravoir; manche de couteau) (Front)

Hair parter or knife handle (gravoir; manche de couteau) (Front)
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Lund, Universitets Historiska Museum

Inv. LUHM 12790


Height: 81mm
Width: 21mm

Lady with a hawk on her wrist; lady holding a glove in her right hand; belt.

Rydbeck 1931: English work based on a French model.
Von Philippowich 1961: Sweden (in a French style), c. 1350.
Comte, Gaborit-Chopin 1987: late 13th or early 14th century.


Carved in the round.

Object Condition
Missing: upper part of the figure's head.
Lower part chipped at the front and back.

Found in an archaeological context in the city of Lund at the Botaniska institutet.

M. Rydbeck, 'Medeltida elfenbensskulpturer i Lunds universitets historiska museum', in Meddelanden från Lunds universitets historiska museum 1931 (Lund, 1931), p. 97, pl. V.
E. von Philippowich, Elfenbein (Brunswick, 1961), p. 262, fig. 199.
M. Bencard, ‘Om et middelalderligt knivskaft fra Ribe’, in Fra Ribe Amt (1975), pp. 36-61, no. 12.
M. Howe, 'A mediaeval knife handle from Crowland, Lincolnshire', in Medieval Archaeology XXVII (1983), pp. 146-150 (p. 150).
F. Comte and D. Gaborit-Chopin, 'Un gravoir médiéval au faubourg de l'Évière d'Angers (Maine et Loire)', in Revue archéologique de l'ouest 4 (1987), pp. 149-152 (p. 151). Accessible online via Persée website: http://www.persee.fr/web/revues/home/prescript/article/rao_0767-709x_1987_num_4_1_910 [accessed December 2012].


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