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Box (boite) (Lid)

Box (boite) (Lid)
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Body, front

End, right

Body, back

Body, front


End, left

Secular. Hunting scene.

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Bourges, Musée du Berry

Inv. 1865.2.15

Ivory;wood (core);metal (fittings)

Height: 70 mm
Width: 150 mm
Depth: 175 mm

Register 1: male dancer; female dancer; male dancer.
Register 2: male dancer; male musician playing drum and pipe; dancing jester holding a bauble.
Body, front
Hunter on foot holding a spear; archer holding a bow; trees.
End, right
Gathering of pears (?); man beating the tree to make the fruits fall; female figure collecting the fruits in her skirt; lady playing the harp; lady wearing a conical hennin; male musician playing the whistle.
Body, back
Knight jousting; knight in armour on horseback; knight with flying cloak (looking like winged knight).
End, left
Dogs pursuing a stag; dogs running; trees.
Crosshatched background. Foliated border.
Chequered pattern on the bottom.

Paris 1900 (if it is no. 190): end of the 15th century.
Museum’s opinion 2014: 15th century.


Engraved on all sides.

Object Condition
Missing: lock, numerous bone panels (including on on the back, with the opposing knight; see Bouillon box for comparison) and strips, bone and tinted wood squares on the bottom. Some of the detached strips are kept inside the box.

Acquired in 1865.

Exposition rétrospective de l'art français des origines à 1800, exhibition catalogue, Paris, Petit Palais, 1900, no. 190 (could also be Inv. 1865.221.1).


© Musée du Berry, Bourges.

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