Wienhausen, robe for statue
ID
 
361
 
Original Country
 
Germany
 
Region
 
Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony)
 
Creator
 
nuns of Wienhausen
 
Sorting Title
 
Wienhausen, robe for statue
 
Subject
 

This small robe was used to decorate figures of the saints during the liturgical season.

 
Century
 
15-16th
 
Work Type
 
website
 
Format Medium
 

red velvet, linen, leather

 
Original Location
 

Wienhausen

 
Historical Context
 

Such small robes, known as Marienkleider in German because of their frequent use to decorate statues of the Virgin Mary, were used to decorate figures of the saints during the liturgical season. The convent of Wienhausen preserves thirteen such robes, made from a variety of colors of silk and velvet, and decorated with embroidery, pearls, and precious metals. These robes date from the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. The different styles of the robes indicate that they belonged to different statues. The most frequent figures to receive such decoration were statues of Christ, the Virgin Mary, Saint Margaret, and Saint Mary Magdalene.

 
Related Work
 

another robe from Wienhausen; Wienhausen, robe for statue

 
Descriptive Notes
 

The nuns of Wienhausen probably created this robe to decorate one of the figures of the saints held by the community. Embroidery down the front of the robe appears to depict a dragon (or a phoenix?), which may suggest a connection to the symbolism of either Saint Margaret or Christ.

 
Current Repository
 

Wienhausen

 
Photo Credit
 
Kloster Wienhausen
 
Statement
 

Abbess Renate von Randow; Wolfgang Brandis

 
Image of Wienhausen, robe for statue.