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Leaf from Book of Hours
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Leaf from Book of Hours

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Description Music and dancing were important social rituals during the medieval era and provided opportunities for men and women to mingle. Here, a man plays a stringed instrument, probably a vielle (an early form of the fiddle), while a woman across the page (folio 20v) looks up at him and dances. She smiles, throwing her hip out in a flirtatious way, and the musician smiles back. Their courtship unfolds across the two pages, leaving a poor monk awkwardly in the middle of this secular serenade.
  • Checkmate! Medieval People at Play. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2010.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore, after 1894 [mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, after 1894

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ca. 1300
parchment with ink, paint and gold
(Manuscripts & Rare Books)
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H: 3 11/16 x W: 2 11/16 in. (9.3 x 6.9 cm)
  • Huy, Belgium (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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