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Cylindrical with rounded top. Handle-like protuberance characterising the piece as the Knight. (Knop is missing). Decorated with a geometrical pattern of points and circles. (Cracked).


Before 1926, probably acquired from Raphael Stora, Paris, by Alphonse Kann (b. 1870 - d. 1948), Paris [see note 1]. 1936, Jakob Goldschmidt (b. 1882 - d. 1955), Berlin; June 23, 1936, Goldschmidt sale, Helbing, Frankfurt, lot 27, sold for RM 2100 [see note 2]. By 1939, anonymous American collector; by inheritance within the family; 1974, sold by the family of the collector to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 11, 1974) NOTES: [1] Published as being formerly in the Kann collection by Adolph Goldschmidt, Die Elfenbeinskulpturen aus der Romanischen Zeit, XI-XIII. Jahrhundert, vol. 4 (Berlin: Cassirer, 1926), p. 6, fig. 12. [2] Lots 27 and 28, both ivory chess pieces, were sold together for this amount.

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Seth K. Sweetser Fund

Sicilo or Hispano-Arabic (Egypt?), 8th–9th century

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8.57 cm (3 3/8 in.)

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Tools & equipment, Recreational