Oberrheinisch

um 1320

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These textile fragments originally belonged to a wall hanging or bench drape. The escutcheons denote important Freiburg and Breisgau nobility and patrician families, who presumably donated it to the Adelhausen monastery. In three discrete fields, from left to right, we see Samson vanquishing the lion, the Vorgassen family coat of arms (four times) and Aristotle's mount, Phyllis. The Munzingen family's coat of arms appears in the outer fields on the left against a green background, and on the right, we see the Falkenstein family's coat of arms. There is a unique scene in the middle: Alexander the Great is a guest at the palace of the Indian queen Candace borne on the back of an elephant.

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