Mirror case - Knight & Lady playing chess. Ivory, 14th-century Paris. Now in the V & A, London. The game of chess represented both love and war and appears in many of medieval romances, including the story of Tristan & Iseult. The 3 finest examples, of which this is one, come from the same Paris atelier, & perhaps the same carver. The 2 others are in Cleveland and the Louvre.
Flower sculpture from Japanese deer bone by Masaya HASHIMOTO, Japan