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Embroidery

  • Place of origin:

    Germany (made)

  • Date:

    1370-1400 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Embroidered linen

  • Museum number:

    1309-1864

  • Gallery location:

    On short term loan out for exhibition

Physical description

Panel of embroidered linen, probably from an altar cloth. It is worked mainly in chain stitches with coarse thread, in a well-distributed pattern of leafy formal scrolls, trees and groups of figures. On the left, a man holds up a stick and leads three horses by their bridles, below are a pair of hounds. On the right of the picture there is a seated woman towards whom prances a unicorn, behind which is a gesturing man with a hare hung on a stick slung over his shoulder.

Place of Origin

Germany (made)

Date

1370-1400 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Embroidered linen

Dimensions

Width: 699 mm, Height: 339 mm, Length: 33 cm

Object history note

Purchased by the V&A from Canon Franz Bock, a German collector of medieval textiles. This object was originally part of a larger textile from the Church of St. Mary in the Meadow in Soest, Westphalia.

Descriptive line

linen; hunting scene; 1370-1400, German

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Margarete Wagner, Sakrale Weisstickeereien des Mittelalters, 1982
Ich, Maria von Geldern: Die Herzogin und ihr berühmtes Gebetbuch (1380-1429), ed. Johan Oosterman, Nijmegen, 2018, p. 242 (cat. 14; illustrated)

Materials

Linen

Techniques

Embroidering

Subjects depicted

Hares; Hunters; Horses; Hunting; Women; Unicorns; Men; Hounds

Categories

Textiles; Embroidery; Myths & Legends

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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