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The Morris Dancers

A work made of engraving in black on ivory laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of engraving in black on ivory laid paper.




Israhel van Meckenem the Younger
German, c. 1440/45-1503

About this artwork

The Morris Dance is a folk dance still practiced in England today. Here the roundel shape of Meckenem’s engraving echoes the pattern of the cavorting dancers, as they encircle a young woman holding a ring. The poses are intentionally exaggerated, especially that of the fool at left. The dance, which may have originated in medieval Spain, was a popular court spectacle, as the merry throng of onlookers at the window suggests.


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Israhel van Meckenem, the younger


The Morris Dancers


Germany (Artist's nationality:)

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Artist's working dates 1465–1503


Engraving in black on ivory laid paper


Plate/sheet: 17.2 × 17.2 cm (6 13/16 × 6 13/16 in.)

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Clarence Buckingham Collection

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