belonging to Ferdinanado de la Certa, died aged 20 ,
1211 or 1275, Spanish
pictures courtesy of Marianne Perdomo
(who said she got it from "just some tourist info
booklet put out by the Castille-Leon regional government")
from "Bead Embroidery" by Joan Edwards"
(featured black & white picture at the bottom)
"In Spain, too, examples of very old beading are
not unknown, and a beaded cap was recovered from the
tomb of Ferdinanado de la Certa who was buried in Las
Huelgas, Burgos in 1275. It is worked in blue glass
beads, seed pearls and coral beads on a linen material
stretched over a framework of wood and bound around
the edges with gold foil. Rampant lions and double headed
eagles* cover the cap on a chequered background, and
like the head dresses from Mount Carmel the cap may
have been considered of some value, or it would not
have been used for burial."
Note: I only have one
problem, in the pictures I have, like the one here it
looks to be catles instead of double headed eagles.
Double headed eagles are also more a later period German
charge, not a early period spanish one. Especially since
I also have the accompanying armourial surcote. It is
covered with the arms as well (not beaded so it was
not included here), and they are the more typical 3
Tower-type castles on it.
author of the above quote must not have seen a good
picture of the piece because her sketches are quite
awful, I won't use her drawings on this site as they
are quite ugly and more confusing than anything else.
And now with the new pics,
we can QUITE clearly see the cap! Castles, definitely.