St Eustace horn

St Eustace horn

Anon.

14th century

possibly France

ivory

The legend of St Eustace includes a moment of conversion when the Roman soldier saw a vision of Christ between a stag’s antlers while he was out hunting. Eustace then undergoes a series of tribulations, and his Job-like forbearance is echoed in numerous romance narratives. A particularly close match is the Middle English Isumbras, a romance included in Bodleian MS. Douce 261 illustrated elsewhere on the site. This ivory horn depicts the saint kneeling before a stag with the crowned head of Christ between its antlers. The mount is engraved with monsters, animals and leafwork, with six shields attached bearing the arms of Bohemia, Austria and Bavaria.

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