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Mirror Cover

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Description On this circular mirror back, a sequential story is shown in three scenes; above, a young couple plays chess, at the right, a woman threatens a bearded man or hermit with a broom, at the left and center, the bearded man climbs up to a house still threatened by the broom-wielding woman. The scenes are surrounded by an eight-lobed frame adorned with masks. A similar unidentified story concerning an elder and young couple is represented on Walters 71. 283, an ivory box attributed to the Atelier of the Boxes. The mirror back likely was made in the same workshop.
  • Images in Ivory: Precious Objects of the Gothic Age. The Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit; The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1997.
  • A Feast for the Senses: Art and Experience in Medieval Europe. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota. 2016-2017.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1929 (?), by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1929

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mid 14th century (Medieval)
(Ivory & Bone)
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H: 3 11/16 × W: 3 9/16 × D: 3/16 in. (9.4 × 9 × 0.4 cm)


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