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Chess piece (Bottom)

Chess piece (Bottom)
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Munich, Bayerisches Nationalmuseum

Inv. MA 179

Walrus ivory

Height: 132 mm
Width: 65 mm

Bishop on horseback with mitre and cross; three singing or praying monks holding open books; soldiers holding crossbows; cleric holding a cross; cleric holding an open book.

Berliner 1926: Germany, 14th century.
Munich 2010: Northern Germany, 14th century.


Carved in the round.

Object Condition
Missing: upper part of the crozier.

Inscription 'WILLIGISVS' carved on the base. This piece seems to have been part of the same set as a piece in the Grünes Gewölbe in Dresden (Inv. II 201). See related objects.

Ambras Castle collection, Innsbruck; acquired for the royal collections in 1811; transferred from the Königliche Vereinigte Sammlungen to the Bayerisches Nationalmuseum, Munich in 1857.

R. Berliner, Die Bildwerke des Bayerischen Nationalmuseums, IV. Die Bildwerke in Elfenbein, Knochen, Hirsch- und Steinbockhorn, mit einem Anhange: Elfenbeinarbeiten der Staatlichen Schlossmuseen in Bayern (Augsburg, 1926), no. 66.
Mittelalterliche Elfenbeinarbeiten: ausgewählte Werke aus den Beständen des Bayerischen Nationalmuseums, ed. by R. Eikelmann, M. Weniger and C. Melzer, exhibition catalogue, Munich, Bayerisches Nationalmuseum, 2010, no. 29.
P. Williamson and G. Davies, Medieval Ivory Carvings 1200-1550 (London, 2014), in relation to no. 247.


© Bayerisches Nationalmuseum, Munich. Photography: Bastian Krack.

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