Valance: The Five Senses

Swiss
dated 1610


Object Place: Germany

Dimensions

50 cm (19 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

64.528

Medium or Technique

Embroidered wool

Not On View

Collections

Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Textiles

Possibly for foot of bed. Polychrome wools, silks and metal threads worked primarily in Hungarian stitch with some fancy and laid work. Nobleman and his lady enact the five senses; also appropriate symbolic animals. From left to right: Sight, sound, smell, taste and touch. Variety of fauna, flora and archetectural motifs. Scalloped border at bottom of green wool. In top center are coats of arms of families from Memmingen/ Wurttemberg, Germany: dexter side Heinzel and sinister side Schorer.

Credit Line

John H. and Ernestine A. Payne Fund