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Chess piece (Front)

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Berlin, Skulpturensammlung und Museum für Byzantinische Kunst

Inv. 667 (partly destroyed)


Height: 73mm

Bishop with mitre and crozier; blessing gesture.

Westwood 1876: Germany, 13th century.
Vöge 1900: Germany (?), 14th century.
Volbach 1923: Germany, 14th century.
Dokumentation 2006: Germany, 14th century.

Carved in the round. Very damaged.

Object Condition
Damaged by fire.
Missing: hands, parts of the mitre and of the back.

This piece seems to be part of the same ensemble as Inv. 666 (Volbach 1923), a piece in the Victoria and Albert Museum (Inv. 213-1867) and one formerly in the von Hirsch collection (Sotheby's, London, 22 June 1978, lot 269). See Williamson and Davies 2014.
See related objects.

Bartholdi collection; acquired by the Kunstkammer in 1828; undocumented after 7 April 1945; returned by the Soviet Union to the Museum in 1958.

C. Becker, J. H. von Hefner-Alteneck, Kunstwerke und Geräthschaften des Mittelalters und der Renaissance (Frankfurt, 1863), I, pl. 63.
J. O. Westwood, Fictile Ivories in the South Kensington Museum (London, 1876), no. 817 (`73.304).
W. Vöge, Die Königlichen Museen zu Berlin. Beschreibung der Bildwerke der christlichen Epochen. Zweite Auflage. Elfenbeinwerke (Berlin, 1900), no. 125.
W. F. Volbach, Die Bildwerke des Deutschen Museums, Die Elfenbeinbildwerke (Berlin, 1923), p. 52, pl. 35.
Dokumentation der Verluste. Skulpturensammlung, VII: Skulpturen, Möbel (Berlin, 2006), p. 243.
P. Williamson and G. Davies, Medieval Ivory Carvings 1200-1550 (London, 2014), in relation to no. 246.


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