Medieval theology often interpreted episodes from Hebrew scripture as prefigurations of events in the New Testament. The Sacrifice of Isaac, for example, was seen as an allusion to the Crucifixion. The present embroidery likely had a pendant depicting scenes from the life of Christ. The presence of saints venerated especially in Hildesheim, such as Epiphanius, Bernward, and Godehard, supports an attribution to a convent in the vicinity. The coats of arms are those of the landgrave of Hesse and the house of Lichtfuss.
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Date:late 14th century
Geography:Made in probably Hildesheim, Lower Saxony, Germany
Medium:Silk on linen, painted inscriptions
Dimensions:63 x 62 1/2 in. (160 x 158.8 cm)
Credit Line:Gift of Mrs. W. Murray Crane, 1969
Inscription: Landgrave of Hesse and House of Lichtfuss.
From the Monastery of Wienhausen; Princess Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen ; Mrs. W. Murray Crane American, New York (until 1969)
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