söndag 25 september 2016

14th century boxes made from wood and ivory in the medieval museum of Bologna

Not only are these ivory boxes very beautiful in themselves, but they also have some lovely carvings of men and women in fashionable dress.

Boxes from the middle of the 14th century. I am very fond of the women's capes reaching to just below the waist, which can be seen in manusripts from the same time and region.

These are from a late 14th century manuscript of the Quest of the Holy Grail, made in Lombardy:

There were to very similar hexagonal boxes from the middle of the 14th century too:

And these, from the end of the 14th century, or beginning of the 15th:

More of the nice mid-length capes.

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