Comb

French ?
Gothic
early 15th century


Object Place: Europe, France

Dimensions

19.7 x 19.5 cm (7 3/4 x 7 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

57.7

Medium or Technique

Wood

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Wood Carvings / Turnings

Comb, painted brown. Thinner teeth on one edge. Impressed gesso reliefs (pastiglia). In corners, monsters with human heads. Obverse: Ysolt and Tristram, clad in houppelandes see in pool reflection of Mark hiding in tree. Lettered scrolls: Tristram gardes de dire vilane por la pisson de la fontaine - Dame ie voroi per ma foi qui fu ave nos monsignor le roi - De Deu sot il candana qui dementi la dame loial. Reverse: in tree, flutists flank feasting couple; at sides, tilting knight with attendant, one fallen. Lettered scrolls: pour(?) amour de vo (?) amie jolle (?). Pastiglia after carvings on boxwood comb in Bamberg Museum.

Provenance

Collection of Count Graf Wilczek, Burg Kreuzenstein. By 1957, L. Blumka, New York; 1957, sold by Blumka to the MFA for $400. (Accession Date: January 10, 1957)

Credit Line

H. E. Bolles Fund