UNKNOWN GOLDSMITH, German
(active 1339 in Brunswick)

Book Cover

1339
Wood with miniatures, rock crystal, 35 x 26 cn
Kunstgewerbemuseum, Berlin

This cover was made for a book of Duke Otto the Gentle of Brunswick-Göttingen. The front of the cover is most unusual in reusing a Venetian chessboard made a little earlier. The board contains secular miniatures set under rock crystal panes interspersed with squares of red jasper. The squares had been rearranged so that they are no longer in the original pattern of alternating light and dark but grouped around a central crucifix reliquary. The central fields around the cross have embossed depictions of the symbols of the Evangelists.