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Gravoir: M.1-1919

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Current Location: Gallery 32 (Rothschild)


Production: Unknown (Uncertain)




Gravoir, probably used as a back scratcher or hair parter. A long curved ivory instrument tapering to a point. The handle is carved with two little figures: the man wears a pointed hood and a tunic with short hanging sleeves. His right arm is around the shoulders of the woman, who has long plaits and wears a high-waisted dress. Her left arm is clasped round his waist. The front of these figures is well-worn. A narrow band of ornament extends around the base of the handle.

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F. Leverton Harris Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 32.2 cm
Width: 2.7 cm

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1919-05-21) by Harris, Frederick Leverton


Late 13th Century
14th Century
Early 15th Century
Circa 1270 - Circa 1430


June 1923: Eric Maclagan said he thought it could not possibly be earlier than the 14th century and might be 15th century.

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.1-1919
Primary reference Number: 31718
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 26 January 2021 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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