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Ambel, Palacio-Convento de Ambel


Metal (fittings);bone;wood

Male and female dancers; female dancer; musician with drum; dancing jester.
Body, back
Hunter holding a spear; running boar; tree.
Rest not seen.
Crosshatched background. Foliated border.

Abbad Rios 1957: France, 14th century.
Gerrard 2003: 1st half of the 15th century, French influence.
Galán y Galindo 2011: 15th century.


Object Condition
Missing: some carved bone plaquettes.

Mentioned in 1709 when the knight commander Francisco Zamora commissions a reliquary from the Zaragoza silversmith Ignacio Clua to house the relics that 'Commander Monserrate brought himself in a casket covered in ivory for the house of Ambel and its parish church' ('para la encomienda de Ambel u su iglesia parroquial trajo personalemente el commendador Monserrate en una arquilla cubierta con marfil'; Archivo Histórico Nacional de Madrid, Ordenes Militares, Legajo 8.162, no. 6). According to a different tradition it has been found on 29 August 1682 in the Montserrat family funerary chapel in the parish church of San Miguel in Ambel. It was still in the parish church of San Miguel in Ambel in 2003 (see Gerrard 2003).

Catalogo Monumental de Espana: Zaragoza, ed. by F. Abbad Rios (Madrid, 1957), p. 299, fig. 835.
F. Torralba, 'La Iglesias de la villa de Ambel', in Zaragoza, 31 (1970), pp. 77-86.
C. Gerrard, Paisaje y señorío: la casa conventual de Ambel (Zaragoza). Arqueología, arquitectura e historia de las Órdenes militares del Temple y del Hospital (Zaragoza, 2003), pp. 278, 303.
A. Galán y Galindo, 'Las arquetas de trovadores, canciones, música y amor. Desde Bagdad, a los trovadores medievales, pasando por Córdoba', in Arte, arqueología e historia, 18 (2011), p. 32.


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Photography: 1947.

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