The Art Gallery of Ontario, Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum and the Met Cloisters in New York worked together to assemble an exhibit of 60 rare boxwood carvings. These were made in Northern Europe during the early 1500’s and represent a substantial portion of the world’s inventory.
Palm-sized and without provenance or artist credits the carvings are 600-year-old fascinators. Several are in the Thomson Collection at the AGO.
<Netherlands, Prayer Bead (David and Goliath), 1500-30; boxwood with metal fittings. The Thomson Collection, Art Gallery of Ontario. Photo – Craig Boyko/Ian Lefebvre, AGO>
<South Netherlandish, Rosary, 1509-26, 472mm x 57mm, Devonshire Collection, Chatsworth. Photo – Craig Boyko/Ian Lefebvre, AGO>