TRAVEL COVERS in their STUDIES
France, 16th century
Ivory, silver bone and steel
Knife: Open length: 19,5 ; Thickness: 1,5 cm
Fork: Length: 20.5; Thickness: 1.5 cm
(Very small lacks)
A fork and a knife make up the two pieces of cutlery in this travel case. Both handles are figurative. Eve, in carved ivory, stands with her right hand hiding her crotch, her left hand over her heart presenting what appears to be the forbidden fruit. Adam, in bone, probably carved with another hand and in a posterior manner, follows the same position as Eve: the arms are openwork, the right hand on the lower abdomen, the left hand on the heart. The short feet rest on the base of the handle. Her ribs are marked in short horizontal incisions. He has long hair and a beard.
The oblong case follows the same decorative organization on both sides: the upper part is incised with an angel's head enclosed in volutes while the lower part has a stylized shell. The central register, between these two repeated motifs, shows a full-length anthropomorphic figure. On one side, a harquebusier stands with his head in profile and his harquebus in his hands. He is wearing a helmet and puffy tights. The second panel shows King David standing with his body seen from the front and his face seen from his right profile. He is crowned and plays the zither.
The case is decorated with two tubular protrusions at the level of the silver frame. They made it possible to make slide and to pass a cord of suspension there.
The blade of the knife is out of steel marked "Arynaud au Puy".
According to Dominique Vinay, the sounds produced by David's music are compared "to the concert of the seven gifts of the Spirit which allow the believer to triumph over vices in order to better bring about the reign of good works". Thus David would play for men, represented by the French soldier, even though the original sin had been committed.
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