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German Tapestry

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Glasgow Museums has a collection of approximately 40 German medieval tapestries, dating from the early 14th century to the late 17th century.

This collection represents one of the most important groups of German medieval tapestries in the world. It includes decorative wall-hangings and cushion covers made for domestic settings, which generally feature secular subject matter. There are also religiously-themed items used specifically for liturgical purposes, such as a fine group of altar frontals, some of which also function as teaching aids. The style of the decoration found on these tapestries ranges from charming naivety to extreme sophistication, differing according to the date when the tapestries were woven and/or the locality of their production.

The geographical region now called 'Germany' consisted of a number of individually-ruled states during the period when the tapestries in this collection were produced. All items in this collection form part of the Burrell Collection, donated by Sir William and Constance, Lady Burrell to the City of Glasgow in 1944.