Wienhausen, prophet embroidery
ID
 
364
 
Original Country
 
Germany
 
Region
 
Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony)
 
Creator
 
nuns of Wienhausen
 
Sorting Title
 
Wienhausen, prophet embroidery
 
Subject
 

This embroidery, only preserved in a partial fragment, depicted the Old Testament prophets.

 
Creation Date
 
circa 1300
 
Century
 
14th
 
Work Type
 
website
 
Measurements
 
2.38 x 1.42 meters
 
Format Medium
 

linen and wool; wool embroidery in the convent stitch on a linen backing

 
Original Location
 

Wienhausen

 
Descriptive Notes
 

The nuns of Wienhausen likely stitched this embroidery, even if they were not responsible for its overall design. The embroidery, only half of which survives, depicted the Old Testament prophets. Each prophet has a brief saying which encircles him. From left to right, starting at the top of the image, are depicted Hosea (Osee), Joel (Johel), Jonas, Micha (Mycheas), Zephania (Sophonia), and Hosea again. The heraldic shield of the German Empire appears in the top left-hand corner of the embroidery. On the left-hand side of the embroidery appear the heraldic shields of Bavaria (blue and white) and Luneburg (a blue lion rampant on a yellow background) as well. Each of the prophets has an moral saying in a text band. Hosea declares: "fornication and wine and drunkeness damage the soul." Joel states: "whomever shall invoke the name of the Lord shall be saved." Jonas declares: "It is more appealing to me to die than to live." Kloster Wienhausen: Die Bildteppiche.

 
Current Repository
 

Wienhausen

 
Photo Credit
 
Praun Kunstverlag, Munich
 
Statement
 

Abbess Renate von Randow; Wolfgang Brandis

 
Image of Wienhausen, prophet embroidery.