14th century chest with scenes of the Battle of the Golden Spurs comes to Kortrijk
On July 10, a renewed exhibition opens in the Church of Our Lady, where the story of the Battle of the Golden Spurs will be presented in a multimedia way. Not only will the event itself be discussed, but it will also show, among other things, how the battle was depicted and depicted over the centuries. The Oxford suitcase is an essential link in this.
A replica had been set up in the former museum 1302 since 2006. But now the real coffin is on loan to Kortrijk, for at least a year. In the presence of Alderman of Culture Axel Ronse and Prime Minister Jan Jambon, this news was officially announced today at the New College in Oxford. (read more below the photo)
The front panel of The Chest of Oxford is the oldest known depiction of the Battle of the Golden Spurs. It probably dates from shortly after the battle in 1302 and was made by a Bruges carpenter. Details such as banners, weapons and coats of arms indicate that the maker was well aware of the historical facts. The coffin was discovered in 1905 near Oxford.
At first there was doubt about the authenticity of the oak front panel, but research has shown that the wood was felled around 1280, so it may have been worked shortly after 1302. The carvings are typical of the almost comic book-like storytelling style of the time, which you also see on miniatures. The coffin probably came into English hands shortly after the battle through diplomatic channels.