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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1922,0610.46

  • Description

    Ornament with morris dancers; in the lower centre is a mound, from where a log and winding branches with thorns and foliage grow to either side; in the centre stands a woman, around whom six dancers, a jester and a musician assemble; with blotches; first state. c. 1495 Engraving

  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1490-1500 (c.)
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 114 millimetres (borderline)
    • Width: 266 millimetres
    • Height: 119 millimetres (with lower margin)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Signed in lower margin "Israhel V M".
  • Curator's comments

    See also Alan Shestack, Fifteenth Century Engravings of Northern Europe, exh. cat., National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. 1968, no. 247.

  • Bibliography

    • Hollstein 617 bibliographic details
    • Lehrs IX.457.617.I bibliographic details
    • Bartsch VI.280.201 bibliographic details
  • Location

    German XVc Mounted Roy

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition date

    1922

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    1922,0610.46

Ornament with morris dancers; in the lower centre is a mound, from where a log and winding branches with thorns and foliage grow to either side; in the centre stands a woman, around whom six dancers, a jester and a musician assemble; with blotches; first state.  c. 1495
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Ornament with morris dancers; in the lower centre is a mound, from where a log and winding branches with thorns and foliage grow to either side; in the centre stands a woman, around whom six dancers, a jester and a musician assemble; with blotches; first state. c. 1495 Engraving

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