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Openwork panel, probably fragment of a knife handle or of a dagger handle (manche de couteau) (Front)

Openwork panel, probably fragment of a knife handle or of a dagger handle (manche de couteau) (Front)
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Secular. Courtly love.

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Veliky Novgorod, The Novgorod State United Museum-Reserve



Height: 103 mm
Width: 30 mm

Two knights on horseback brandishing stems of flowers (?) (possibly part of a scene of the attack on the Castle of Love); shields; soldiers in coats of mail.

Koltsin and Yamshikov 1985: France, late 13th century.


Object Condition
Two holes to attach the panel onto a background, probably made of a different material.

Found in Novgorod.

Древний Новгород: Прикладное искусство и археология: Альбом / Колчин Б. А., Янин В. Л., Ямщиков С. В. М.: Изобразительное искусство, 1985, p. 87, no. 164.
E. A. Rybinos, 'Novgorod's links with Western Europe', in The Archaeology of Novgorod, Russia: Recent Results from the Town and its Hinterland, ed. by M. Brisbane (Lincoln, 1992), pp. 196-204.
M. A. Hall, 'An Ivory Knife Handle from the High Street, Perth, Scotland: Consuming Ritual in a Medieval Burgh', in Medieval Archaeology 45 (2001), pp. 169-188 (p. 176).


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