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Casket with Romance Scenes

Date:
ca. 1320–40
Geography:
Made in Paris, France
Culture:
French
Medium:
Ivory
Dimensions:
Overall: 3 1/8 x 8 1/2 x 4 in. (7.9 x 21.6 x 10.1 cm) Top: 8 1/2 x 4 x 1/2 in. (21.6 x 10.2 x 1.3 cm)
Classification:
Ivories
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.190.177a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 306
This casket is one of six that depict the story La Châtelaine de Vergi, a story of love and death that is said to be based on a scandal at the Burgundian court. The story concerns the secret affair of a knight and lady (la Châtelaine) that is ended by the jealous Duchess of Burgundy.
Sir Francis Douce (British, London 1757–1834 London); Sir Samuel Rush Meyrick (1783–1848); M. Charles Mannheim, Paris; J. Pierpont Morgan, London and New York
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