Heraldic tunic from the House of Orange-Nassau, Johan Pietersz. Smout, 1647
No article of clothing could be more symbolic: the arms of Prince Frederick Hendrick of Orange-Nassau are embroidered on the front, back, and sleeves. This ‘heraldic tunic’ was made for his state funeral in Delft on 10 May 1647. It was carried in the procession to demonstrate the deceased’s status and rank. Four such tunics were worn by heralds, and a fifth, symbolizing the dead prince, was borne aloft on a pole.