Game Piece with Zodiac Sign of Cancer or Scorpio

North French

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 304

This rare carving of a stylized crab representing the sign for Cancer or Scorpio likely came from a set of game pieces containing the Zodiac signs. The opposing twelve pieces probably depicted the Labors of the Months, scenes of common rural activities in the Middle Ages.

Game Piece with Zodiac Sign of Cancer or Scorpio, Walrus ivory, North French

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