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unknown13th century embroidery: 15th centurysilk fabric: Venice, embroidery: Lower Saxonysamite, silk, Häutschengold, linen279,5 x 101,5 cm

This antependium from Lüne Abbey (near Lüneburg) was originally made of a fabric with red and gold pattern. However, the red pigment has discoloured into beige, and the gold has largely been rubbed off. In spite of that, the circular ornaments with the surging lions are clearly visible. In between the circular fields are placed pairs of griffons facing each other. Several hundred years later the late Gothic embroidery was added to the sides, refashioning the precious fabric for the Church. It is thanks to this measure that this unique textile was preserved.