Hand Woven Framed Heraldic Wall Hanging
The men on either side of the coat of arms are called "wild men" and are popular bearers of heraldry since the 15th century in Northern Europe, mostly Germany, Denmark, and England. They serve a dual function, symbolically. One one hand they show that people on the fringes of society or in the wilderness are fighting for the power of the family dynasty represented by the coat of arms while on the other hand the wild man is used as a kind of foil to show how refined and bureaucratic the family of the coat of arms is meaning they don't need to be represented because their administrative role or office, and the appearance of their heraldry speaks for itself.. The threads are not industrialized and irregular in their thickness thus the conclusion of 18th century origin. Later, someone thought enough of this wall hanging to elaborately frame it in velvet with fringe and applied moldings while even upholstering the back in velvet.