Riding trappings, 1596

Christian IV’s riding trappings, used at his coronation in 1596. Black velvet embroidered with gold and pearls. Made by Peter Paul Perlestikker in Copenhagen. The various ornamentations on the trappings symbolises the king as the conquerer of the universe, notice in particular the planets as well as some of the jewellery: e.g. Chronos father of time and all gods, surrounded by four allegorical figures. These trappings were pawned during the 30 years war in 1628, but redeemed only five years later.