Recycled Parchment Manuscript Fragments in Medieval Dresses

Forcepts used to peel back material from manuscript

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Henrike Lähnemann will take part in a webinar series organised by the ICON (The Institute of Conservation) Paper Conservation group. ICON has kindly agreed to open the talk to interested medievalists from Oxford and beyond; there is a cap of 500 participants for the live event, so please register in advance via the link provided. The talk also will be recorded and be available via the ICON website. 
About the talk: In March 2011, fragments of 23 medieval manuscripts were discovered sewn into the hems of dresses. These garments were made in the late 15th century by nuns at the Cistercian convent of Wienhausen (Northern Germany) to dress up sculpture groups for feast days. The talk is going to explore these fragments and other forms of parchment recycling as part of late medieval reform movements.
Kloster Wienhausen Depot Hb 64, dress nr. 13: two strips from a 14th cent. parchment manuscript containing a Middle Low German passion meditation. The dress was for one of the two angel figures placed next to Christ rising from the tomb which was placed on the nuns' gallery. 
(Photograph: Tanja Weißgraf / Wiebke Haase, Textilrestaurierung Klosterkammer Hannover)
Illustration taken from: 
Henrike Lähnemann, "Text und Textil. Die beschriebenen Pergamente in den Figurenornaten," in: Charlotte Klack-Eitzen, Wiebke Haase and Tanja Weißgraf, Heilige Röcke. Kleider für Skulpturen in Kloster Wienhausen, Regensburg: Schnell & Steiner 2013, p. 71-78, here p. 72, ill. 64.

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