Description Board games, such as chess, checkers, and backgammon, were increasingly popular in Europe during the later Middle Ages, after it had been brought back by crusading knights from the Near East. Portable chess boxes with scenes of hunting, dancing, and courtship were mass-produced in inexpensive materials to contain the game pieces. The playing board is set into the box's underside.
- Life in the Gothic Age. Norfolk Museum of Art, Norfolk. 1955.
- Medieval Games of Love and War. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1995-1996.
Provenance Leon Gruel, Paris; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1925, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1925
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