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Chess piece (king) (Front)

Chess piece (king) (Front)
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Ravenna, Museo Nazionale di Ravenna

Inv. n. 1063

Walrus ivory

Height: 79mm
Width: 60mm
Depth: 37mm

King holding a sword; king with a hawk on his wrist; soldiers in armour; shields.

Martini and Rizzardi 1990: Northern Europe, late 12th-early 13th century.
Martini 2004: Northern Europe, late 12th-early 13th century.


Carved in the round.

Object Condition
Missing: part of the king's sword; part of the head of the first soldier on the back.
Upper part of the throne chipped. Tinted brown.

Found at Udina, Lombardy (according to Westwood 1876). Classense collection, i.e. collection assembled by the Camaldolese monks of Sant'Apollinare in Classe near Ravenna, acquired mainly during the 18th century; with the suppression of religious orders in 1797, the possessions of Ravenna's important abbeys passed on to the Comune of Ravenna; in 1804, the Museo Classense Municipale was established, which would become in 1885 the Museo Nazionale di Ravenna.

J. O. Westwood, Fictile Ivories in the South Kensington Museum (London, 1876), Appendix, p. 361, no. 17.
Avori bizantini e medievali nel museo nazionale di Ravenna, ed. by L. Martini and C. Rizzardi (Ravenna, 1990), no. 12.
La collezione degli oggetti in avorio e osso. Museo Nazionale di Ravenna, ed. by L. Martini (Ravenna, 2004), p. 28, p. 57, no. 12.


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