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Casket with Romance Scenes

14th century
Ivory with modern iron mounts
Overall: 2 3/4 x 6 1/8 x 3 9/16 in. (7 x 15.6 x 9 cm) gr. thickness (of panels): 3/16 in. (0.6 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 307
M. Charles Mannheim, Paris; J. Pierpont Morgan, London and New York (until 1917)
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