In the name of Saint George : ivory saddles from the fifteenth century
In major museums around the world there are twenty-nine saddles of carved stag horn (usually referred to as "ivory") dated roughly to the fifteenth century that are, at best, sporadically discussed in art historical literature. Of these, ten currently reside in museums and private collections in English speaking countries, yet no significant studies on them exist in English. The goal of this thesis is to introduce this group of rare and extraordinary saddles and to provide a basis for further research on the topic in English. The thesis begins with an introduction to the saddles themselves and the literature on the subject. The first chapter focuses on the iconographical programs of the most elaborate saddles. The second chapter involves in depth examination of each saddle's provenance and if possible, the identification of a likely patron. The third chapter focuses on the production process of the saddles and explores the different hypotheses put forth by past scholars concerning the places of production. In addition to the specific focus on the stag horn saddles, it is hoped that this thesis will contribute to the broader study of the Renaissances of East-Central Europe in the English-speaking world.
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Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
College of Arts and Humanities
Arts and Humanities -- Dissertations, Academic;Dissertations, Academic -- Arts and Humanities
Length of Campus-only Access
Honors in the Major Thesis
Radway, Robyn Dora, "In the name of Saint George : ivory saddles from the fifteenth century" (2009). HIM 1990-2015. 851.