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Mirror Cover with a Couple Playing Chess
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Mirror Cover with a Couple Playing Chess


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Description This ivory mirror back shows a couple playing chess, a game symbolic of a young man's battle to win his lady's heart. The scene is surrounded by a ten-lobed frame adorned with masks and four crouched dragons fill the four corners.
Exhibitions
  • Medieval Games of Love and War. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1995-1996.
  • Checkmate! Medieval People at Play. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2010.
Provenance Freiherr von Wambolt, Aschaffenburg, 1847; Jakob von Hefner-Alteneck, Munich; Jakob von Hefner-Alteneck Sale, Munich, June 6-7, 1904, no. 308; Léon Gruel, Paris; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1925, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1925

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Period
mid 14th century (Medieval)
Medium
ivory
(Ivory & Bone)
Accession Number
71.268
Measurements
3 3/4 x 3 15/16 in. (9.5 x 10 cm)
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