The Zeeuws Museum in Middelburg has a series of six magnificent wool and silk tapestries, made between 1593 and 1604 that tell the story of Zeeland’s most important sea battles fought against the Spanish during the Eighty Years’ War (1568 – 1648). The tapestries are vast in size and the sea battles depicted are very epic indeed…
… but as I don’t know much about ships or care much for battles I was most interested in the small, beautiful details at the water’s edge…
… and the flora and fauna depicted in the tapestries’ intricate borders.
There are many other fascinating and beautiful artefacts to be found at the Zeeuws Museum, presented in a fresh & simple manner which works beautifully to enhance the history, the detail, and the (long lost) craftsmanship of the objects.
I usually try to make a note of the things I am inspired by and photograph in museums… but on this trip I was short of time and eager to see as much as I could. Apologies therefore that I cannot provide much information on, or attribution for, several of the objects pictured below.
[top: carved ivory comb ?]
[bottom: mummy of a child (organic material, textile, wood, paint), Egyptian, c.332]
[top: the Egyptian mummy again]
[bottom: more intricately carved ivory... wish I'd made a note of what this thing is! A Chinese puzzle ball, perhaps?]
[top: painting, Dutch, 19th Century ?]
[bottom: ceremonial woman's blouse or huipil (cotton, silk), K'iche Maya / Quetzaltenago, Guatemala, 1930-1940]
a very beautiful stitch sampler… hard to believe it was made almost 120 years ago – the patterns and colours (especially that almost-fluorescent pink!) seem very contemporary [Netherlands, 1896 ?]
[pig mask worn by a dancer during harvest rituals (wood, rattan, feathers, mirror glass), Dayak / Kalimantan (Borneo), Indonesia, 1930 - 1960]
[top: Guido Lippens 'Memento' (oil on panel, sawn, burnt), Middelburg, 2002-2003]
[bottom: monkey skulls ?]
[top: war hat (rattan, leather, teeth, shells), Lesser Sunda Islands,
Indonesia, 1850 - 1900]
[bottom: shards of ancient green glass ?]