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Comb (peigne double) (Side 1)

Comb (peigne double) (Side 1)
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Side 2

Secular. Courting couples.

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Berlin, Kunstgewerbemuseum

Inv. F 1561


Height: 120mm
Width: 138mm
Depth: 8mm

Side 1: men dancing; lady holding a fruit (?); dancing jester holding a bauble; male musician playing the flute and the drum (possibly the Dance of the Bride). Foliated decoration; flowers (roses); strawberries.
Side 2: courting couples (meeting of lovers); couples holding hands; man holding a flaming torch (?); male musician playing the flute and the drum; collared dog.
Foliated decoration; grapes (vine). Crosshatched background.

Museum's opinion 2012: South Germany (?), end of 15th century.


Carved on both sides.

Object Condition
Missing: 4 thin teeth. 2 thin teeth damaged. The centre panel has broken vertically into three pieces which have been glued back together.

Collection of Count Herberstein, Graz; Collection of M. Löwenstein, Vienna; Collection of Herrmann Sax, Vienna: Sax sale, Vienna, Miethke, 4 December 1893, lot 130, with ill.; collection of Albert Figdor Collection, Vienna; bought by the Museum on 15 August 1935.


© Kunstgewerbemuseum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. Photography: Stefan Büchner.

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