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Courting Couple: M.25-1933

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Current Location: Gallery 32 (Rothschild)


Courting Couple


Production: Unknown




Ivory, carved in relief. The lady on left holds a dead bird in her hand and lifts her robe with her right hand. The man, who cups her chin in his right hand, has a hawk on his left wrist. The composition is closed on either side by a tree. Projecting from the rim are four dragons. There is a hole pierced at the top near the rim.

Legal notes

Given by Alfred A. de Pass

Measurements and weight

Height: 8.3 cm
Width: 8.2 cm

Relative size of this object

8.2 cm8.3 cm What does this represent?

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1933-06-05) by de Pass, Alfred A.


14th Century
Circa 1300 - Circa 1350

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Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Carving : Ivory carved in relief

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: rectangular white paper stick-on label with cut corners and blue line edging. th of 14th raised

  • Text: Top of/Mirror/box/ ? ?/French/14th centy.
  • Location: On reverse in the middle
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in black ink
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: oval white paper stick-on label with text in upper case lettering surrounded by an oval line

  • Location: On reverse at top
  • Method of creation: Printed in black
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.25-1933
Primary reference Number: 31711
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 8 March 2023 Last processed: Wednesday 8 March 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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