Collection

D178976
D59096
D178251

Antependium with The Adoration of the Magi

Details

Bamberg, c. 1260/80

Silk, metal, linen

W. 274 cm

On permanent loan from the Erzbischöfliches Ordinariat Bamberg since 1922

Inv. No. L 23/31

Textiles

Gothic

Description

A unique example of the large-scale embroidery craftsmanship of the Middle Ages is this altar frontal from the Bamberg Cathedral. It shows the procession of the Magi on horseback coming to venerate the Christ child. The portrayed are framed by medallions. Inscriptions refer to the fulfilment of the prophecies of the Old Testament through the birth of Christ. Two knight saints stand at both sides of the picture. The embroidery covers the entire surface of the linen background with a colourful silk sheen and shimmering gold and silver threads, so that even today one can hardly resist the magic of this work of art. The coats of arms of the Bamberg High Chapter were probably sewn on later.

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