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Ivory roundel

Roundel with Scenes of the Attack on the Castle of Love, ca. 1320–40
Made in Paris, France
Ivory; Diam. 5 9/16 x 1/2 in. (14.1 x 1.2 cm)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, The Cloisters Collection, 2003 (2003.131.1)
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The defenders of the Castle of Love shower the attacking knights with roses. The knights’ shields also depict three roses, laid out in the triangular heraldic convention of two of the charges to the chief of the shield and the third to the base.

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