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Archery Contest

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Description Archery contests were not only fun but also a way of encouraging medieval men to learn this valuable skill. Excellent archers could make all the difference in battle; in England, men were required by law to learn how to use a bow. Note the artist's irreverently playful juxtaposition of imagery here; just above the archery contest, St. Sebastian is being martyred in a barrage of arrows.
  • Checkmate! Medieval People at Play. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2010.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore, after 1894 [mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, after 1894

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ca. 1480-90
parchment with ink and tempera
(Manuscripts & Rare Books)
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H: 6 11/16 x W: 4 3/4 in. (17 x 12 cm)
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