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Single vellum leaf painted in bodycolour and gilt. On the front, a representation of David and Abigail; on the reverse, a lamb, a bird, a butterfly and a basket of fruit. The sticks are of ivory pierced in a fishscale motif and then etched; the guards are of carved and etched ivory.
The sticks and guards are Chinese and would have been exported to Europe to be mounted and decorated.
Northwest Europe (maker) (continent) ()
Chinese (maker) (country) ()
length: (guards): 24.5
early 18th Century
circa 1720 to 1730
Purchased with a grant from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and a gift from The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum
M.277-1985 (Applied Arts)