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Box with Equestrian Falconers

13th century
Made in Sicily, Italy
Ivory with copper alloy mounts, polychromy
Overall (with mounts): 5 5/16 x 4 5/8 x 5 1/16 in. (13.5 x 11.7 x 12.9 cm)
Credit Line:
The Cloisters Collection, 1955
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 457
Hunting scenes decorate a number of surviving cylindrical boxes made in Sicily. This box, depicting a falcon hunt, shows richly attired men on horseback. The sport was favored by Holy Roman emperor Frederick II Hohenstaufen (r. 1215–50), who wrote a definitive guide on the care and use of falcons in the hunt.
Museo Guidi da Faenza, Rome (sold 1902) ; [ Giorgio Sangiorgi, Rome] ; Octave Homberg 1844–1907, Paris ; [ Demotte Inc., New York (by at least 1930)] ; Robert Woods Bliss, Dumbarton Oaks, Va. ; [ Joseph Brummer, Paris and New York (sold 1949)] ; Theodor Fischer, Lucerne (sold 1955)
Catalogue de la vente du Musée Guidi de Faenza. Rome: Galleria Sangiorgi, April 21–27, 1902. no. 403, p. 53, pl. 51.

Venturi, Adolfo. "Una vendita di opere d’arte." L'Arte 5 (1902). pp. 60–61.

Venturi, Adolfo. Storia dell'arte italiana: Volume 2, Dall'arte Barbarica alla Romanica. Milan: Ulrico Hoepli, 1902. pp. 393–94, fig. 276.

Cott, Perry Blythe. "Siculo-Arabic Ivories." PhD diss., Princeton University, 1939. no. 77, p. 42, pl. 34.

The Fourteenth Loan Exhibition: Mohammedan Decorative Arts. Detroit: Detroit Institute of Arts, 1930. no. 124, p. 43, ill. p. 63.

The Notable Art Collection belonging to the Estate of the Late Joseph Brummer. New York: Parke-Bernet Galleries, April 20–23, 1949. no. 655, pp. 164-5.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Eighty-Fifth Annual Report of the Trustees for the Fiscal Year 1954-1955." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, n.s., 14, no. 1 (Summer 1955). p. 14.

Brooke, C.N.L., and Ralph Pinder-Wilson. "The Reliquary of St. Petroc and the Ivories of Norman Sicily." Archaeologia, 2nd series, 104 (January 1973). pp. 280-81, 297, pl. LXXIa.

Galan y Galindo, Angel. Marfiles Medievales del Islam: Volume 2, Catálogo de Piezas. Cordoba: Publicaciones Obra Social Y Cultural Cajasur, 2005. no. 15044, pp. 229, 513.

Galan y Galindo, Angel. Marfiles Medievales del Islam: Volume 1, Texto. Cordoba: Publicaciones Obra Social Y Cultural Cajasur, 2005. pp. 265, 399.

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