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Lüsterweibchen, c. 1510–15 by Tilman Riemenschneider. http://thehermitage.tumblr.com/page/72
A Lüsterweibchen or Leuchterweibchen (German, loosely translated: "Little Chandelier Woman") is a chandelier consisting of antlers arranged horizontally with a female half-figure placed at one end. Antlers used were typically those of deer or elk.
The very first of these chandeliers were made at the end of the 14th century already, they found wider distribution in the 16th century, mainly in the southern parts of Germany.
The females depicted were usually figures found in fables, female Saints or Madonnas. They wear traditional or representational, richly decorated dress.
The oldest known Lüsterweibchen dates to before 1400, the maker is unknown. Albrecht Duerer drew many Lüsterweibchen and then had them built after his sketches (i.e. images above).