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Leaf from The Ghistelles Calendar
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Leaf from The Ghistelles Calendar

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Description Stoolball may have been an early version of baseball. Dating to the 11th century, it was a folk game that men and women played together. While many variations existed, typically one person threw a ball at a stool, which a "batsman" would try to defend by hitting the ball away. If the batsman succeeded, he would run around to several stools (like bases) to score, while others tried to get him out. The traditional prize was a cake, or even a kiss!
  • Checkmate! Medieval People at Play. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2010.
Provenance Possibly made for John III, Lord of Ghistelles and Ingelmunster, (d. 1315); Sir Sydney Cockerell [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Dr. Rosy Schiling [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Western Manuscripts and Miniatures Sale, Sotheby's London, December 1, 1998, Lot 17; Walters Art Museum, 1999, by purchase.
Credit Museum purchase, made possible by the Women's Committee, Octavo Plus, and Mr. and Mrs. James Ulmer III, 1999

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ca. 1301
parchment with ink and paint
(Manuscripts & Rare Books)
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