More Fashion Victims

Do you remember the ado about the Sagittarius’ costume?

Well, while strolling through the venerable city of Würzburg the other day, in the Marienkapelle church I came across this epitaph:

Dead dude in Wurzburg, Germany, died 1434

Dead fashion victim in Wurzburg, Germany:
Martin von Seinsheim, died 1434 *)

Compare to the notorious Sagittarius crossbowman:


Crossbowman from the zodiac pages of the VM, depicting Sagittarius (f73v)

I was amazed at the similarites like headgear, skirt, and sleeves.

Let’s draw the following conclusions from the dead dude:

  • The Sagittarius’ costume resembles early-fifteenth century costume,
  • This style of costume was in use in Germany, too,
  • As opposed to previous suggestions (and opposed to what I insisted upon earlier), it might well be that the Sagittarius in fact is not a hunter, but a warrior: The dead knight is wearing at least a breastplate, gauntlets, greaves, and a sword, perhaps even more armour. Yet most of his armour is hidden under the garments, and if he was depicted in a style similar to the VM drawings, it’s well possible that the armour would be completely lost — especially if we assume that the colouring was done at a later point. Hence, it’s quite plausible that the Sagittatrius was originally a knight like the guy in Würzburg.

*) Photo by Sina Borchert.


2 thoughts on “More Fashion Victims

  1. A fast and less than meticulous survey turned up enough results to make most conclusions redundant, and any certain ones unlikely. Unless you start by assuming the manuscript contains only material created in fifteenth-century Europe. That does narrow the vision somewhat – and in which case the figure is pretty likely to represent a Genoese archer.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s