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Roundel with Playing at Quintain

Date:
ca. 1500
Geography:
Made in possibly Paris, France
Culture:
French
Medium:
Colorless glass, vitreous paint and silver stain
Dimensions:
Overall: 8 3/8 in. (21.3 cm)
Classification:
Glass-Stained
Credit Line:
The Cloisters Collection, 1980
Accession Number:
1980.223.6
On view at The Met Cloisters in Gallery 10
Quintain originally was a tilting exercise in which a dummy or other target was employed by knights in training for the joust. Balance quintain was a popular variation. As seen here, a seated man held up one leg, placing his foot against the foot of a standing man; one person then tried to upend the other. By the fifteenth century, balance quintain was often played as a courting game with men and women.
[ L.P. Bresset et Fils, Paris (sold 1980)]
Paris. Musée National du Moyen Âge - Thermes et Hôtel de Cluny. "Pinceaux de lumière: du modèle au vitrail," October 17, 2006–January 15, 2007.

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