Summer's Triumph Tapestry

The unidentified flying objects in the sky of the Summer’s Triumph Tapestry

(Read the article on one page)

In 1538 AD a tapestry was created in the city of Bruges in Belgium, known as the Summer’s Triumph. It depicts the victorious ascension of a ruler to power. However, there is something far more interesting depicted in the tapestry, which would be easy to miss unless you were looking closely - multiple objects in the sky, which have the classical UFO shape that is popularised in the media.

The city of Bruges is the capital and the largest city of the province of West Flanders in the Flemish Region of Belgium in the northwest of the country. The origins of the city go back to the pre-roman Era and it has been the target of many invasions because of its strategic location.

If you look at the top of the tapestry, especially towards the left-hand side, it is possible to see a number of ‘hat shaped’ flying objects in black – that are not related to any religious depictions that are frequently seen in the sky in other medieval artworks.

Some historians have suggested that these objects represent the significance of this ruler coming to power and that he had the support of the ‘divine’.  But since when are flying disc shaped objects considered as a symbol of divine intervention? And if they are, why?  If the people in that era associated flying saucers with divinity, it means they were seeing such objects in the sky and linking them to a ‘godly’ phenomena. Of course on the other hand there are those who have claimed that these unusual hat-shaped objects are simple strangely-shaped dark clouds…

We have verified that t he tapestry is indeed named the “Triumph of Summer”, Bruges, 1538, and is held at the Bayerisches Nationalmuseum on extended loan from the HypoVereinsbank UniCredit Bank AG. The museum has no other information regarding the tapestry's history.

By John Black

Related Links

UFO Ancient Artwork

UFO in historical Art

10 Mysterious Artifacts


Bruges was not a highly accomplished artist. His art is very compressed. It appears to me that he was trying to show a distant back plain in his art, a crude attempt at perspective, if you will, and was attempting to show vessels floating on water in the background.

"Bruges was not a highly accomplished artist." What the heck are you talking about? Bruges is the city in Belgium associated with the tapestry, not the name of the artist who produced it. Is this a sloppy attempt at a debunk or are you just confused?

Could be Islands on a lake?

Enigmatic Lines

Lenticular clouds. They often appear over mountains, which you might notice these "flying(?) hat-shaped objects" appear over.

Your reply is gibbirish! The town Bruges (Brugge) in what is now Belgium was once a center of tapestry and well know and appreciated for it's art and quality far and beyond. Furthermore you make it sound like "the artist" discovered it's first crayon and attempted to draw clouds. Come on, these artist were often the pupils of Van Dijk and Breugel and they knew very well how to depict clouds, islands or whatever. So why can't it be UFO's, as seen in other tapestry and also witnessed and documented in those ages?


Register to become part of our active community, get updates, receive a monthly newsletter, and enjoy the benefits and rewards of our member point system OR just post your comment below as a Guest.

Top New Stories

 Indus Valley Diorama by Biswarup Ganguly
In the Rigveda, the ancient Indian Vedic Sanskrit canonical sacred texts, a hymn is dedicated to each deity and the goddess Saraswathi is revered as a female deity with healing and the purifying powers of abundant, flowing waters. Saraswathi is therefore also reference to a river and she embodies wisdom, music, language and purification of self.

Myths & Legends

Constantine TV Series logo
Constantine is an American TV series that centers around the character of John Constantine, a British exorcist and occult detective who hunts supernatural entities. The entire Constantine series is based upon a vast mythology that encompasses the legends and folklore of many different cultures throughout history.

Ancient Places

Our Mission

At Ancient Origins, we believe that one of the most important fields of knowledge we can pursue as human beings is our beginnings. And while some people may seem content with the story as it stands, our view is that there exists countless mysteries, scientific anomalies and surprising artifacts that have yet to be discovered and explained.

The goal of Ancient Origins is to highlight recent archaeological discoveries, peer-reviewed academic research and evidence, as well as offering alternative viewpoints and explanations of science, archaeology, mythology, religion and history around the globe.

We’re the only Pop Archaeology site combining scientific research with out-of-the-box perspectives.

By bringing together top experts and authors, this archaeology website explores lost civilizations, examines sacred writings, tours ancient places, investigates ancient discoveries and questions mysterious happenings. Our open community is dedicated to digging into the origins of our species on planet earth, and question wherever the discoveries might take us. We seek to retell the story of our beginnings. 

Ancient Image Galleries

View from the Castle Gate (Burgtor). (Public Domain)
Door surrounded by roots of Tetrameles nudiflora in the Khmer temple of Ta Phrom, Angkor temple complex, located today in Cambodia. (CC BY-SA 3.0)
Cable car in the Xihai (West Sea) Grand Canyon (CC BY-SA 4.0)
Next article