Carved Panel of a Marriage

French, 15th/16th c.

Walnut. You've got to like them old and really looking it to appreciate this! The surface is alligatored with age and has lost chunks and definition over the years. But what a charming scene -- the priest joining the hands of the lovers in marriage. On the back is a page dated 1522 with an engraving showing the same moment in the ceremony with the comment that it "corresponds well to the social reality of medieval times." Lots of age losses and age wear. Holes that may have been for pegs -- they're early and not round. No restoration.

17-1/2" x 9-3/4"

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