Anna Schimper, ‘the horned nun of Felzen’.
In 1795, French revolutionary troops attacked Anna’s nunnery. The shock sent Anna mad and she went to the local asylum, where she spent much of her time banging her head against a table. After some years a horn started to grow from the bump on her forehead.
By 1834 her horn had grown to such proportions that it was almost obscuring her right eye, and difficult to conceal under her headdress. She had it cut off, though it had started to re-grow prior to her passing.
Hand embroidery on natural linen.