Lot 8
  • 8

German, probably Cologne, second half 12th century

7,000 - 10,000 GBP
11,875 GBP
bidding is closed


  • Games Piece with a Man wrestling Dragons
  • walrus ivory with remnants of gilding, on a perspex stand
  • 4.6cm., 1¾in.
with three white labels to the reverse numbered: K 490 G, S 22 and 1106 in ink, one inscribed: JULIUS BÖHLER MÜNCHEN


Julius Böhler, Munich;
Ernst Kofler and Marthe Truniger, Lucerne, before 1964


Zurich, Kunsthaus, Sammlung E. und M. Kofler-Truniger, Luzern, 1964, no. 685;
Aachen, Suermondt-Museum, Mittelalterliche Kunst der Sammlung Kofler-Truniger, Luzern, 1965, no. S22


H. Schnitzler, F. Volbach and P. Bloch, Skulpturen. Elfenbein, Perlmutter, Stein, Holz. Europäisches Mittelalter. Sammlung E. und M. Kofler-Truniger, Lucerne/ Stuttgart, 1964, no. 22;
Sammlung E. und M. Kofler-Truniger, Luzern, exhib. cat. Kunsthaus Zürich, Zurich, 1964, p. 73, no. 685;
"Mittelalterliche Kunst der Sammlung Kofler-Truniger, Luzern", Aachener Kunstblätter, vol. 31, 1965, p. 15, no. S22, pl. 92

Catalogue Note

The motif of a man wrestling with biting serpents or lizards was popular in Romanesque art. Another gaming piece with this subject in the National Museum, Copenhagen is illustrated in Goldschmidt (op.cit.). Also note two enamelled copper roundels from early 13th-century Limoges in the Louvre and the Metropolitan Museum of Art which were exhibited in L'Oeuvre de Limoges (op.cit.).

A. Goldschmidt, Die Elfenbeinskulpturen aus der romanischen zeit. XI.-XIII. Jahrhundert, Berlin, 1972, p. 49, no. 246; E. Taburet-Delahaye and B. Drake Boehm (eds.), L'Oeuvre de Limoges. Emaux limousins du Moyen Age, exhib cat. Musée du Louvre, Paris and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Paris, 1995, pp. 282-291, nos. 89-93