Brass Rubbing: John Luneburg of Lübeck


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Artifact Identification Brass Rubbing: John Luneburg of Lübeck   (1982.05.0002)
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Artist/Maker Kathleen H. Cairns.
Geographic Location
Period/Date Medieval, 1461 CE
Culture German

Physical Analysis

Dimension 1 (Length) 290.0 cm
Dimension 2 (Width) 152.0 cm
Dimension 3 (Depth) 1.6 cm
Weight 730 g
Measuring Remarks Width refers to the horizontal measure of the rubbing (dowel rod and hooks). Depth indicates the thickness of the dowel rod from which the piece is suspended.
Materials Paper, Plant--Wood, Metal--Steel, Pigment
Manufacturing Processes Rubbing
Munsell Color Information Black (N 2/ 3.1% R) White (5Y 9/.5)

Research Remarks

Published Description

Description from 1971-72 exhibit catalog by Kathleen Cairns: "Lubeck--John Luneburg, 1461. Mayor of Lubeck and an official of the Hanseatic League. He wears a long brocaded coat trimmed in fox fur and holds a rosary in his clasped hands. Between his pointed shoes is the escutcheon of the city of Lubeck. This is held by two wild men--figures often depicted in Medieval Art. The beautiful border inscription in Latin and Medieval German is interrupted at the corners by quatrefoil figures of the four Evangelists. The entire brass, covered by magnificent diaper work (a pattern of constant repetition) and with tabernacle work (canopies with niches characterized by use of tabernacles) is bordered b the Tree of Jesse. The border holds seven crowned heads and small dragons. At the bottom is a sleeping figure and at the top the crowned head of the King of Heaven. INSCRIPTION: Oh, world, Thou hast betrayed me. In the Year of our Lord 1461 on St. Catherine's Day died the Mayor of Lubeck, John Luneburg. Pray God for him. In the Year of our Lord 1474 on the morning of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary died John Luneburg, Consul. Pray for him." From the catalogue, An Exhibition of Medieval Brass Rubbings by Kathleen H. Cairns: Information identical to previous entry

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Cairns, Kathleen H. An Exhibition of Brass Rubbings from the Collection of Kathleen H. Cairns, December 5, 1971 - January 14, 1972. Botetourt Gallery and Museum, Swem Library, College of William and Mary. Catalog #45. Felgate, T.M. Knights on Suffolk Brasses. East Anglian Magazine Ltd. Ipswich, Suffolk 1976. Spinke, Winifred. A Memento from Old England. Bury St. Edmunds, n.d. Medieval Brass Rubbings (exhibit catalogue), Pittsburgh, 1969. English Brass Rubbings (exhibit catalogue), Williamsburg, VA, 1971. Cairns, Kathleen H. An Exhibition of Medieval Brass Rubbings, December 7, 1969 through January 4, 1970. Frick Fine Arts Building, University of Pittsburgh. Catalog #83. Cairns, Kathleen H. An Exhibition of Medieval Brass Rubbings, October 20 through November 19. Catalog #68.

Artifact History

Archaeological Data N/A
Credit Line/Dedication Gift of Kathleen H. Cairns
Reproduction No
Reproduction Information N/A

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