Roundel with Playing at Quintain

Date: ca. 1500

Geography: Made in possibly Paris, France

Culture: French

Medium: Colorless glass, vitreous paint and silver stain

Dimensions: Overall: 8 3/8 in. (21.3 cm)

Classification: Glass-Stained

Credit Line: The Cloisters Collection, 1980

Accession Number: 1980.223.6

On view at The Met Cloisters in Gallery 10
Quintain originally was a tilting exercise in which a dummy or other target was employed by knights in training for the joust. Balance quintain was a popular variation. As seen here, a seated man held up one leg, placing his foot against the foot of a standing man; one person then tried to upend the other. By the fifteenth century, balance quintain was often played as a courting game with men and women.
[ L.P. Bresset et Fils, Paris (sold 1980)]
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