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HIS 4334: European Women to 1200: Starting Points

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Tapestry Fragment, Strasbourg

The tapestry fragment below is described by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York as:

Rücklaken were intended to be hung around the walls of domestic interiors. In this narrative tapestry, two scenes from the late medieval poem, "The Buzzard," are illustrated. The prince of England is depicted as a wildman, and the princess of France meets a miller who offers her refuge. The middle high German inscription alludes to the princess seeking refuge, whereupon the man replies: "Willingly, though as a poor man I can offer you nothing." The scenes are related to other fragments housed in museums in Cologne, London, and Paris.

Image is from Artstor (an image database) useful for locating material objects by type, time period, etc.