Wienhausen, S. Thomas embroidery
ID
 
368
 
Original Country
 
Germany
 
Region
 
Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony)
 
Creator
 
the nuns of Wienhausen
 
Sorting Title
 
Wienhausen, S. Thomas embroidery
 
Subject
 

This image depicts a portion of the larger embroidery of the life and miracles of S. Thomas, based on the "Golden Legend."

 
Creation Date
 
circa 1410
 
Century
 
15th
 
Work Type
 
website
 
Measurements
 
2.05 x 4.45 meters
 
Format Medium
 

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

 
Original Location
 

Wienhausen

 
Historical Context
 

This embroidery depicted the life and miracles of the Apostle Thomas, according to the "Golden Legend" (Legenda aurea). According to this tale, Thomas traveled to India as a missionary. See Kloster Wienhausen: Die Bildteppiche.

 
Descriptive Notes
 

This image depicts the left-hand portion of the embroidery. Depicted in the top row from left to right are: doubting Thomas touching Christ's wound and Christ sending Thomas to India.
In the center row is depicted the king of India, who conveyed his wealth to Thomas, thinking that Thomas was an architect who would build him an elaborate new palace.
In the bottom row are depicted the death of the king's brother and his resurrection by Thomas; the king's brother then shows the king the elaborate palace that Thomas has built for him not on earth but in heaven (not pictured here). The left hand border depicts a dragon, a woman beating flax, and a woman spinning. At the bottom of the embroidery appear the heraldic shields of the Dukes of Wolgast, a dog, donkey, and ape.

 
Current Repository
 

Wienhausen

 
Photo Credit
 
Praun Kunstverlag, Munich
 
Statement
 

Abbess Renate von Randow; Wolfgang Brandis

 
Image of Wienhausen, S. Thomas embroidery.