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Box for Board Games


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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.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
6/10/1982Treatmentother
Exhibitions
  • 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; purchased by Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1925; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 1931.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1925

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Period
1440-1470 (Late Medieval)
Medium
paint and gilding on bone and wood (chestnut)
(Ivory & Bone)
Accession Number
71.93
Measurements
H: 2 1/2 x W: 6 1/16 x D: 7 5/16 in. (6.3 x 15.4 x 18.5 cm)
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