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Creator Nationality: European; French
Creator Active Place: Paris
Creator Name-CRT: France, Paris, 14th century
Title: Front Panel from a Casket with Scenes of the Fountain of Youth, Capture of the Unicorn, and Lovers and God of Love
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1295
Creation End Date: 1355
Creation Date: c. 1300-1350
Object Type: Sculpture
Classification Term: Ivory
Materials and Techniques: ivory
Dimensions: Overall: 8.2cm x 25.9cm x 1cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1978.39.b
Credit Line: John L. Severance Fund
Provenance: Trivulzio, Milan (before 1897); Robert von Hirsch, Frankfurt (until 1933) and Basel (sale, Sotheby Parke Bernet, London, 22 June 1978, no. 290).
Formerly the back, top, and front panels of a casket, these scenes were inspired by stories of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table as told by poets such as Chrétien de Troyes (active 1165-80). Representing Percival, Gawain, Lancelot, a tournament (center), and the Storming of the Castle of Love, these images would have been readily identifiable to a clientele steeped in such literature. Secular objects such as these were in great demand among medieval France's literate and courtly society.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1978.39.b
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights:
Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art
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