Funerary furnishings of the members of the noble Gryspek family of Griesbach

In the Journal of the National Heritage Institute Reports Monument Care 75/2015/2 published an interesting article:

Funerary furnishings of the members of the noble Gryspek family of Griesbach. Contribution to knowledge of the clothing of elites at the turn of the 16th and 17th centuries in Western Bohemia

Veronika PILNÁ

The article describes the condition of funerary furnishings of the Gryspek family of Griessbach, deposited in the family tomb of the Kralovice church of Sts. Peter and Paul. The clothing can be distinguished between the originalfrom the late 16th and early 17th century, and shrouds that the bodies received as gifts during the 19th century. The analysis focuses primarily on the original burial clothes, their descriptions and analogies. The research was conducted during two conservation interventions in 2012. The article concludes by adressing the etnical issue of researching burial textiles.

The author states in the summary of her work:

The Gryspek family tried to represent themselves through their funeral equipment in the same way as throughout their lives. They were buried in luxurious silken clothes with decorations from metal yarns, with laced complements and silken shoes. In this way, their clothes represent high fashion of the Habsburg court, as the important aristocracy accepted it. The social status and not the nationality was represented by the clothes. Fashion trends were spread by the local aristocracy to the civic environment and further away. It may be said that wealthy citizens of the Kralovice region had the best possible examples for their clothes inspiration.