Valance: The Five Senses

dated 1610

Object Place: Germany


50 cm (19 11/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Embroidered wool

Not On View


Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts



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