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Box Lid with a Tournament
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Box Lid with a Tournament

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Description Two knights are jousting in front of a grandstand, in which a king, queen, and two courtiers appear behind a draped railing. Two heralds are on horseback at the left; three spectators stand at the right. The knights wear chain mail with plate leg armor and great helms. Both helmets have crests, and the knights are defended with ailettes on their shoulders and shields. The knights' horses are caparisoned. The scene is a variant of the one shown on the Parisian box, Walters 71.264. Two sections of the border are missing and have been replaced with wood. There are twelve holes for the metal mounts. Where three lateral mounts crossed the lid, the ivory has been recarved to continue the design, which would originally have been unfinished.
Date Description Narrative
10/06/1976Examinationexamined for loan
4/05/1994Loan Considerationexamined for loan
  • Castles: An Enduring Fantasy. Hammond Castle Museum, Gloucester. 1982.
  • Illuminated Manuscripts: Masterpieces in Miniature. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1984-1985.
  • Medieval Games of Love and War. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1995-1996.
  • The Book of Kings: Art, War, and the Morgan Library's Medieval Picture Bible. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Academy Art Museum, Easton; Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton; The Mitchell Gallery, Annapolis; Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown. 2002.
Provenance Charles Stein Collection, Paris [date and mode of acqusition unknown]; Lord T. G. Carmichael, London, 1902 [mode of acquisition unknon]; George R. Harding, London [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1903, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1903

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1340-1350 (Medieval)
(Ivory & Bone)
Accession Number
H: 3 15/16 x W: 6 3/4 in. (10 x 17.2 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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