Casket with Romance Scenes, Ivory with modern iron mounts, French

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
Romantic love is the principal subject of this casket. The front is bracketed by scenes of young men kneeling before their maidens, a classic image of courtship. Some are rewarded, and others rebuffed. On the far left, amorous advances are rewarded with a wreath. On the right, a young man kneels and extends a ring to his beloved. Personal items like jewelry would have been kept in these kinds containers.
M. Charles Mannheim, Paris; J. Pierpont Morgan (American), London and New York (until 1917)
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