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Description Board games including chess, checkers, and backgammon became increasingly popular in Europe during the later Middle Ages. Chess had been brought back by crusading knights from the Near East. Small boards, such as this on the underside of a box in which the game counters or pieces were kept, may have been made for traveling. The box is decorated with scenes of dancing and hunting on the top and sides.
Date Description Narrative
  • Life in the Gothic Age. Norfolk Museum of Art, Norfolk. 1955.
  • The Medieval Craftsman and His Modern Counterpart. Indiana University Art Museum, Bloomington; Newcomb Art Gallery, Tulane University, New Orleans. 1959.
  • Medieval Games of Love and War. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1995-1996.
  • Seeing Music in Medieval Manuscripts. 2014.
  • A Feast for the Senses: Art and Experience in Medieval Europe. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota. 2016-2017.
Provenance Leon Gruel, Paris; purchased by Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1925; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 1931.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1925

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1440-1470 (Late Medieval)
bone, wood (beech), and iron fittings
(Ivory & Bone)
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H: 2 1/2 x W: 6 1/16 x D: 7 5/16 in. (6.3 x 15.4 x 18.5 cm)
Location Within Museum
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