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Mirror Case

Date:
1350–75
Geography:
Made in possibly Paris, France
Culture:
French
Medium:
Elephant ivory
Dimensions:
Overall: 4 3/8 x 4 1/8 x 7/16 in. (11.1 x 10.4 x 1.1 cm) diameter: 4 in. (10.1 cm)
Classification:
Ivories
Credit Line:
Gift of George Blumenthal, 1941
Accession Number:
41.100.160
  • Description

    Mirror cases, which might be considered forerunners of the modern compact, were primarily destined for the aristocracy, and their subject matter reflects the activities and interests of their owners. Here, a lady and gentleman hunt with falcons, accompanied by attendants. Medieval literature frequently drew a parallel between falconry and courtly love, and the playful imagery of this ivory may be read as a metaphorical hunt for love.

  • Provenance

    Frédéric Spitzer (d. 1890), Paris (by 1890–until 1893); Oscar Hainauer, Berlin (until d. 1893); by descent to his widow Julie Hainauer, Berlin (1894–1906); [ Duveen Brothers, London, Paris and New York (in 1906)]; George and Florence Blumenthal, Paris and New York (by 1926-1941)

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