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Ceintuur van zwaar groen bruinachtig laken met omboordsel en stiksel, anoniem, ca. 1590 - ca. 1596 - Rijksmuseum

Ceintuur van zwaar groen bruinachtig laken met omboordsel en stiksel, anoniem, ca. 1590 - ca. 1596 - Rijksmuseum

Length of brocaded velvet, 16th century  Spanish or Italian  Silk velvet brocaded with metal-wrapped thread.

During the Renaissance, they had very elaborate and detailed patterns in their fabrics. Length of brocaded velvet, century Spanish or Italian Silk velvet brocaded with metal-wrapped thread

Other Africans who inhabited the court include John Blanke, the “blacke trumpeter”, who was employed by Henry VII and Henry VIII from 1506–1...

"This is the earliest and only individual portrait of a black African to have survived from the late middle ages and the Renaissance - The painter is Jan Mostaert. The "Portrait of an African Man" is currently in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.

Polychrome Embroidered Purse, circa late 16th century

But Where Should I Put It? Part I

Purse Date: last quarter century Culture: British Medium: silk, gold, silver, linen Dimensions: Height (of body of purse): 5 in. cm) Accession Number: The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Helix staircase at the Chateau de Chambord in the Loire Valley, dating back to the 16th century.

Amazing double-helix staircase in the Château de Chambord, Loire Valley, France. The two helixes ascend three floors and never meet. In the center is an open air shaft that lets in light. Some believe Leonardo da Vinci designed the staircase.

A rare 16th century gold sundial and compass ring, possibly German, circa 1570.  Arrgggh, she be a beauty.  Pirates!

rare century Gold sundial and compass ring, possibly German. The hinged oval bezel designed as a seal and engraved with a coat of arms, opening to reveal a sundial and compass, on a plain gold hoop, dimensions of bezel

16th Century renaissance suit, from red and gold velvet,  slashed and lined with gold silk jacquard.  Suit consists of a doublet with detachable sleeves with leather cuffs and collar,  trunk hose, cloak, chemise with redwork embro and bonnet (not in picture). Costume maker: Angela Mombers.

Century renaissance suit, from red and gold velvet, slashed and lined with gold silk jacquard. Suit consists of a doublet with detachable sleeves with leather cuffs and collar, trunk hose, cloak & chemise

Anonymous Dutch artist - Portrait of a girl, 16th century. LWL-Landesmuseum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte, Münster.

Anonymous Dutch artist - Portrait of a girl, century. Full length check out the end of her girdle chain. A crab?

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