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Plaque with the God of Love
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Plaque with the God of Love

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Description Two couples are seen beneath a tree, from which the God of Love throws arrows down upon them. The scene is set within a seven-lobed frame, with three-pointed leaves in each spandrel. The corners are brought to a square with leaf-corner terminals. The liripipes from the hoods and sleeves of the lovers suggests a date in the 2nd half of the century. The plaque is cut square, trimming the edges of the circular frame on three sides. The back is polished smooth and does not seem to have been altered from a mirror case, as had been suggested. Its original use is unknown; it could have been the cover of a square box, an ornament for a book cover, or inset in some object. It has been burned in the lower side and discolored, most noticeably at the lower left corner.
Provenance Léon Gruel, Paris [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1925, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1925

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3rd quarter 14th century (Medieval)
(Ivory & Bone)
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H: 3 1/16 x W: 3 1/16 in. (7.8 x 7.7 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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