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Comb with Secular Scenes

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Description The comb, which has floral terminals, has on one side a scene of a man and seated woman preparing to play "kick foot" in a tilt yard as spectators watch from behind the railing. On the reverse are two scenes. On the left, two nude boys, one with a bow and the other with a hand cannon, shoot at a sitting duck. On the right, a youth pulls off the stocking of a seated woman. The scenes are set against a coarsely crosshatched ground. The small and large teeth have all been replaced by sections inset into the frame.
  • 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.
  • Romance of the Rose: Visions of Love in Illuminated Medieval Manuscripts. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2009.
  • The Ivory Mirror: Death and Selfhood in Renaissance Art. Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick. 2017.
Provenance Countess Petronio Collection [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Sale, Paris, June 24, 1921, lot 58; H. Wareham Harding, New York [date and mode of acquistion unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1921, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1921

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1490-1500 (Renaissance)
(Ivory & Bone)
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H: 4 7/16 x W: 5 7/8 in. (11.2 x 15 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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