Honor Making a Chaplet of Roses

South Netherlandish

Not on view

The French inscription below Honor may be translated: "I am Honor who makes chaplets for my children who are beautiful." Repairs make it impossible to decipher the other inscriptions with certainty. The young girl is probably saying: "To please my friend better, I shall put on this pretty hat." The inscription above the courtier at the right identifies him as Detuit ("Pleasure"). The gentleman at the left may be saying: "Homage to my good lady, my protectress." Essentially an allegory of courtly love, this fragmentary tapestry hanging was inspired by romances of the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries.

Honor Making a Chaplet of Roses, Wool warp, wool wefts, South Netherlandish

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