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Bag with a Scene of Courtly Love

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unknown1340Franceembroidery15,8 x 14,5 cm

The little bag is thought to be a love or a wedding gift. It shows a couple in an unmistakably erotic encounter. The clothes are tied up for dancing and the young girl is holding the youth by the tip of his hood. In her other hand she is holding a wreath as a symbol of her virginity. The back of the bag is embroidered in equally delicate silk with a scene showing the arrival of the cavalier. The particularly refined finish and the charm of the depiction combined with the excellent preservation of the object make it one of the gems of the courtly love embroidery.