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Tapestry with Armorial Bearings and Badges of John, Lord Dynham RE489577

Tapestry with Armorial Bearings and Badges of John, Lord Dynham RE489577

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The Tapestry with Armorial Bearings and Badges of John, Lord Dynham, a masterpiece of the South Netherlandish tradition created around 1488–1501, stands as a testament to the illustrious legacy of a remarkable figure in English history. This captivating artwork, on view at The Met Cloisters in Gallery 16, offers a window into the life and achievements of John, Lord Dynham, a renowned naval commander and treasurer of England during the late 15th and early 16th centuries.

Emblazoned with the armorial bearings and badges of Lord Dynham, the tapestry serves as a visual homage to his distinguished service and noble lineage. The inscription surrounding the garter, bearing the motto of the Order of the Garter—an esteemed chivalric order to which Lord Dynham was appointed in 1487—adds a touch of regal splendor to the composition.

Of particular significance are the supporters depicted in the tapestry: stags, or harts, which allude to Lord Dynham's familial seat, Hartland. This heraldic motif not only symbolizes his ancestral ties but also underscores his connection to the land and lineage from which he derives his honor and authority.

Furthermore, the repeated device of the topcastle of a warship, adorned with javelins and swallow-tailed pennants, pays homage to Lord Dynham's illustrious naval career. As a celebrated naval commander under five kings, his prowess and leadership at sea are immortalized in the intricate weave of the tapestry, serving as a testament to his valor and service to crown and country.

Through its rich symbolism and meticulous craftsmanship, the Tapestry with Armorial Bearings and Badges of John, Lord Dynham, offers a compelling narrative of duty, honor, and legacy. As viewers engage with this magnificent artwork, they are invited to immerse themselves in the storied past of a remarkable individual whose contributions left an indelible mark on English history.

Tapestry with Armorial Bearings and Badges of John, Lord Dynham RE489577

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