Painted Box for Game Pieces

Date: ca. 1300

Geography: Made in Upper Rhine region, Germany

Culture: German

Medium: Wood, polychromy and metal mounts

Dimensions: Overall: 3 1/8 x 10 3/8 x 3 5/8 in. (7.9 x 26.4 x 9.2 cm)

Classification: Woodwork-Furniture

Credit Line: Purchase, Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, by exchange, 1976

Accession Number: 1976.327


A unicorn, an elephant, a lion, and a dog are among the animals that enliven the decoration of this box. The roundels in which they are placed echo the form of medieval game pieces, which likely were once held inside. Along the top, the repeating motif of dogs' heads can be read in either yellow or green.