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Panel, 1 register, 3 arches across (frise d'arcatures; plaquette) (Front)

Panel, 1 register, 3 arches across (frise d'arcatures; plaquette) (Front)
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Secular. Courtly Love.

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Berlin, Skulpturensammlung und Museum für Byzantinische Kunst

Inv. 652 (almost completely destroyed)


Height: 92mm
Width: 57mm

Courting couples (meeting of lovers); winged God of Love in a tree throwing arrows at lovers; arrow piercing the heart of one of the lovers.
Pointed trefoils in the spandrels.

Koechlin Number: 1203

Westwood 1876: Germany(?), 14th century.
Vöge 1900: France, 2nd half of the 14th century.
Volbach 1923: France, early 14th century.
Koechlin 1924: France, mid 14th century.
Dokumentation 2006: France, early 14th century.


Circular recess on the reverse.

Object Condition
Almost completely destroyed during WWII: eight fragments have survived.

Kunstkammer; undocumented after 7 April 1945; eight fragments have survived and were returned by the Soviet Union to the Museum in 1958.

J. O. Westwood, Fictile Ivories in the South Kensington Museum (London, 1876), no. 471 (`73.175), Appendix, p.439.
W. Vöge, Die Königlichen Museen zu Berlin. Beschreibung der Bildwerke der christlichen Epochen. Zweite Auflage. Elfenbeinwerke (Berlin, 1900), no. 99, pl. XXXII.
O. Pelka, Elfenbein (Berlin, 1920), p. 211.
W. F. Volbach, Die Bildwerke des Deutschen Museums, Die Elfenbeinbildwerke (Berlin, 1923), p. 47, pl. 56.
R. Koechlin, Les Ivoires gothiques français (Paris, 1924), I, p. 441; II, no. 1203; III, pl. CXCVIII.
Dokumentation der Verluste. Skulpturensammlung, VII: Skulpturen, Möbel (Berlin, 2006), p. 241.


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