Ivory panel, a man and a woman playing chess

On display

Panel, part of a set of writing tablets or a box, depicting a man and a woman playing chess, three onlookers, beneath a triple-arched canopy, on a green velvet backboard.


  • Title

    Ivory panel, a man and a woman playing chess

  • Associated place

    France (possible) (possible place of creation)
    England (possible) (possible place of creation)
  • Date

    c. 1325 - 1375
  • Material and technique

    elephant-ivory; carved

  • Object type

  • Dimensions

    9.1 cm (height)
    5.4 cm (length)
    0.3 cm (depth)
  • No. of items


  • Credit line

    Bequeathed by Michael Wellby, 2012.

  • Museum location

    Second floor | Gallery 53 | European Goldsmiths' Work
  • Museum department

    Western Art

  • Accession no.


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Further reading

Longhurst, M.H., Catalogue of carvings in ivory (Victoria & Albert Museum, London, 1927, 1929), p. 51, plate XLV

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