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ID number:  BIRBI-39.26
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Title / Object name:  Casket with scenes of chivalry and love
Object type:  Art object
Culture:  French
Date made:  14th century
Materials:  Ivory
Measurements:  9.5 high x 23.2 long x 13.6 wide cm (excluding metal fittings)
Provenance:  Purchased at Sotheby's, 13 December 1939, lot 47, for £820
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One of eight such caskets known to have survived complete, and carved with scenes alluding to the theme of love. Here the lid shows a tournament; the front Aristotle and Phyllis, and Pyramus and Thisbe (twice); the left side, Tristan and Iseut, and the capture of the Unicorn; the right side, the knight, Enyas, delivering a maiden from a wild man of the woods; the back, four episodes from the adventures of Gawain and Lancelot.

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