What an unusual 16th century hair ornament! Portrait of Katarina Gustavsdotter Vasa, Princess of Sweden (1539-1610). Painting circa 1559. The National Museum.

Portrait of Katarina Gustavsdotter Vasa, Princess of Sweden Painting circa The National Museum. Ancestor of George III, Sophie of Nassau (through whom the Vasa line returned to Sweden), Queen Louise of Prussia.

A nun's skeleton found in a convent in Germany.

St Luciana arrived at the convent in Heiligkreuztal, Germany, in the mid-eighteenth century and was prepared for display by the nuns in Ennetach, from "Heavenly Bodies: Cult Treasures & Spectacular Saints from the Catacombs" by Paul Koudounaris

Parchment flowers. Part of a much larger tableau (composed of bones surrounded by embroidery and artificial flowers) that can be found in the altar reliquary for the Bentlage Abbey in Rheine, Westphalia, Germany. The work dates from approximately 1490.

Part of a much larger tableau (composed of bones surrounded by embroidery and artificial flowers) that can be found in the altar reliquary for the Bentlage Abbey in Rheine, Westphalia, Germany. The work dates from approximately

"Portrait of Eleonora of Mantua" by Frans Pourbus the Younger (1559-1622)  Portrait of child wearing a silk flower headdress.

Portrait of Eleonora of Mantua as a Child - The Younger Frans Pourbus Oil Paintings - Pourbus Paintings, Oil Paintings for Sale.

A portrait by Lucas Cranach the Elder of a German youth wearing a wrapped silk flower circlet.

A portrait by Lucas Cranach the Elder of a German youth wearing a wrapped silk flower circlet.

From the fabulous "Medieval Silke Flowers" site: roxelana.com/...

From the fabulous "Medieval Silke Flowers" site: roxelana.com/...

Close up photo of a medieval German reliquary skull cover. From the fabulous "Medieval Silke Flowers" site: roxelana.com/...

Close up photo of a medieval German reliquary skull cover. From the fabulous "Medieval Silke Flowers" site: roxelana.com/...

Period documentation of a shrine known as "Paradise Gardens" that featured silk embroidered flowers. From the fabulous "Medieval Silke Flowers" site: roxelana.com/...

Period documentation of a shrine known as "Paradise Gardens" that featured silk embroidered flowers. From the fabulous "Medieval Silke Flowers" site: roxelana.com/...

Another image of the Kloster Bentlage shrine (upper right corner).From the fabulous "Medieval Silke Flowers" site: roxelana.com/...

Another image of the Kloster Bentlage shrine (upper right corner).From the fabulous "Medieval Silke Flowers" site: roxelana.com/...

The Kloster Bentlage shrine. Chock full of pretty bits! From the fabulous "Medieval Silke Flowers" site: roxelana.com/...

The Kloster Bentlage shrine. Chock full of pretty bits! From the fabulous "Medieval Silke Flowers" site: roxelana.com/...

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