Do you remember the ado about the Sagittarius’ costume?
Compare to the notorious Sagittarius crossbowman:
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.