Game Box Date: 14th century Culture: Italian Medium: Bone, wood, stain over wood core with paper and textile lining, metal mounts Dimensions: Overall: 2 11/16 x 7 11/16 x 6 5/16 in. (6.9 x 19.6 x 16.1 cm) Classification: Ivories-Bone Credit Line: Gift of The Salgo Trust for Education, New York, in memory of Nicolas M. Salgo, 2010 Accession Number: 2010.109.5 This artwork is currently on display in Gallery 307
14th Century Reliquary bag, belonging to the Chur Cathedral in Switzerland. The historian at the museum was kind enough to send me a picture. It gives a very good perspective of the way the tassels were done.
The Fieschi Morgan Staurotheke Date: early 9th century Geography: Made in Constantinople (?) Culture: Byzantine Medium: Cloisonné enamel, silver, silver-gilt, gold, niello Dimensions: Overall (with lid): 1 1/16 x 4 1/16 x 2 13/16 in. (2.7 x 10.3 x 7.1 cm) lid only: 2 13/16 x 3 7/8 x 1/8 in. (7.1 x 9.8 x 0.3 cm) vessel only: 7/8 x 2 15/16 x 4 in. (2.2 x 7.5 x 10.1 cm)
Box for Board Games Board games, such as chess, checkers, and backgammon, were increasingly popular in Europe during the later Middle Ages, after it had been brought back by crusading knights from the Near East. Portable chess boxes with scenes of hunting, dancing, and courtship were mass-produced in inexpensive materials to contain the game pieces. The playing board is set into the box's underside. Ca. 1440-1470.