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Two Scenes from "Der Busant" (The Buzzard)

Made in Strasbourg, Alsace, present-day France
Upper Rhenish
Linen warp; wool, silk, linen, cotton, and metallic wefts
31 1/8 x 44 1/2 in. (79 x 113 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Murtogh D. Guinness, 1985
Accession Number:
Not on view
Rücklaken were intended to be hung around the walls of domestic interiors. In this narrative tapestry, two scenes from the late medieval poem, "The Buzzard," are illustrated. The prince of England is depicted as a wildman, and the princess of France meets a miller who offers her refuge. The middle high German inscription alludes to the princess seeking refuge, whereupon the man replies: "Willingly, though as a poor man I can offer you nothing." The scenes are related to other fragments housed in museums in Cologne, London, and Paris.
Inscription: (on the left banderole): ICH [...] ETE FROUGE ICH BITEN DICH DZ DU DURCH GOT BEHERBERGESTZ MICH

(on the right banderole): GERN[als?] ARMER MAN KEIN ER ICH UCH ERBIETEN KAN
Roman Abt, Lucerne ; Bosard, Lucerne (?) ; Dr. Albert Figdor, Vienna (until d. 1927) ; [his posthumous sale, Paul Cassirer at Hotel Esplanade, Berlin (Sept. 29-30, 1930, vol. I, no. 29)] ; Walter Edward Guinness, first Baron Moyne d. 1944, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk (from 1930) ; Honorable Murtogh D. Guinness, New York (until 1985)
Falke, Otto von, and Max J. Friedländer, ed. Die Sammlung Dr. Albert Figdor, Wien. Part I, Vol. 1. Vienna: Paul Cassirer Verlag, 1930. no. 29, pl. XV.

Kohlhaussen, Heinrich. "Gotisches Kunstgewerbe." In Geschichte des Kunstgewerbes aller Zeiten und Völker, edited by Helmuth Theodor Bossert. Vol. 5. Berlin: E. Wasmuth, 1932. p. 465, fig. 2, ill. p. 464.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "One Hundred Sixteenth Annual Report of the Trustees for the Fiscal Year July 1, 1985, through June 30, 1986." Annual Report of the Trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art 116 (1986). p. 33.

Cavallo, Adolfo S. Medieval Tapestries in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1993. no. 58, pp. 642-647, fig. 186.

Wixom, William D., ed. Mirror of the Medieval World. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1999. no. 238, pp. 197–98.

Ott, Norbert H. "Literatur in Bildern: Eine Vorbemerkung und sieben Stichworte." In Literatur und Wandmalerei: Volume 1, Erscheinungsformen höfischer Kultur und ihre Träger im Mittelalter. Freiburger Colloquium 1998, edited by Eckart Conrad Lutz, Johanna Thali, and René Wetzel. Tübingen: Max Niemeyer, 2002. p. 164 n. 49.

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