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Chess Piece in the Form of a Knight

ca. 1500
Elephant ivory
Overall: 2 13/16 x 1 7/8 x 15/16 in. (7.2 x 4.8 x 2.4 cm)
Credit Line:
Pfeiffer Fund, 1984
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 307
The knight is represented as a falconer.
Sotheby's, London ; Ellin Mitchell, New York
New York. The Cloisters Museum & Gardens. "The Game of Kings: Medieval Ivory Chessmen from the Isle of Lewis," November 15, 2011–April 22, 2012.

Berliner, Rudolf. Die Bildwerke in Elfenbein, Knochen, Hirsch- und Steinbockhorn, mit einem Anhange: Elfenbeinarbeiten der Staatlichen Schlossmuseen in Bayern. Vol. 4. Augsburg: Bayerisches Nationalmuseum, 1924-1926. no. 65, p. 23.

Wichmann, Siegfried. Chess: The Story of Chesspieces from Antiquity to Modern Times. New York: Crown Publishers, 1964. no. 84.

Medieval Works of Art: Wood Carvings; Metalwork; Knives and Forks; Renaissance Bronzes. London: Parke-Bernet Galleries, March 18, 1976. Lot 16.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "One Hundred Fifteenth Annual Report of the Trustees for the Fiscal Year July 1, 1984, through June 30, 1985." Annual Report of the Trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art 115 (1985). p. 43.

Parker, Elizabeth C. "Recent Major Acquisitions of Medieval Art by American Museums." Gesta 24, no. 4 (1985). p. 171, fig. 9.

Wixom, William D., ed. Mirror of the Medieval World. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1999. no. 289, p. 228.

Williamson, Paul, and Glyn Davies. Medieval Ivory Carvings, 1200–1550. Vol. 2. London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 2014. p. 727.

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