A selection of Northern German frilled veils for Maria.
1. Lemgo, Candelier with female bust, shortly before 1400
2. Lemgo, Effigy of Otto zur Lippe and Ermgard von der Mark, late 14th century (a nearly identical one can be found in Mariënfeld)
3. Hamburg, Meister Bertram vom Minden, Der Buxtehuder Altar, ca. 1400
4. Hirschhorn, Effigy of Margarethe von Erbach, ca. 1383
5. Hamburg, Meister Bertram vom Minden, Der Buxtehuder Altar, ca. 1400
6. Master of the Golden Panel, Golden Panel from Lüneburg, ca. 1431-1435
7. Conrad von Soest, Niederwildungen Altarpiece, 1403
8. Conrad von Soest, Niederwildungen Altarpiece, 1403
9. Hamburg, 1379
Peter also posted some images on his blog here and here.
There is one dominant style in this region: the frilled veil with thick frilled edges both surrounding the face and hanging on the shoulders. (fig. 1-4, 6, 8-9)
Another, seemingly less popular among the depicted nobility and saints, and maybe more common among ordinary women (it's a much less elaborate style), is a veil that it frilled at the edge that is worn around the face, and at some occasions has frilles all around. It is worn loosely over the head in a more casual way than the first style. Sometimes the frills are on the thick side, but mostly there is only one layer of frills (fig. 5 & 7)
So, Maria, make your choice!
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