A hairpin belonging to the 16th century French Queen Catherine de Medici It has been discovered in a royal residence on the outskirts of Paris. What makes researchers scratch their heads is where it was found: in a communal bathroom.
Officials say it is the first time in modern history that a royal Renaissance possession has been found in the Palace of Fontainebleau.
Although the queen was famous throughout Europe for her luxury jewelry, most of her collection was lost, sold or stolen over the centuries. The rare 9-centimeter pin was easily identified because it has interlocking C's for 'Katherine’.
Having cleared the ancient land, the curator of the Palace of Fontainebleau, Vincent Droguet, appreciated a white and green finish, known as the colors of Catalina.
However, it was more difficult for the experts explain why the personal possession of a queen known for luxury ended in a Renaissance communal bath, opposite the royal one.
The object was found by accident by archaeologists excavating around the bath to prepare the surrounding area for reforest it. Droguet describes the finding as “mystery”. “But what could Catherine de Medici be doing there? It was probably a maid of honor who took it. He probably stole it and dropped it”.
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