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Mirror Cover with the Fountain of Youth
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Mirror Cover with the Fountain of Youth


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Description Originally this ivory plaque was the back for a disk-shaped mirror of polished metal. It is carved with a scene of the Fountain of Youth. Elderly men and women walk or travel by cart from the left to the mythical Fountain of Youth at the right. They bathe and reemerge as young couples who enter into the castle at the center and court above upon the battlements. The frame, a circle within a square, has four crouched dragon-like creatures in each corner.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
1/11/1962Treatmentcleaned
Exhibitions
  • Images in Ivory: Precious Objects of the Gothic Age. The Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit; The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1997.
  • Vive la France! French Treasures from the Middle Ages to Monet. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1999-2000.
Provenance Count Gregorii Stroganoff, Rome [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Léon Gruel, Paris [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore [date of acquisition unknown], by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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Period
ca. 1330-1340 (Medieval)
Medium
ivory
(Ivory & Bone)
Accession Number
71.170
Measurements
5 1/8 x 4 7/8 x 3/8 in. (13 x 12.4 x 1 cm)
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