The third and final procession of the bench is more open to interpretation than the previous two. However I suggest that this is August returning from a day’s hunting, and present the following reasons. Firstly, his position as riding ahead of the group, which was standard court etiquette, as befitted a man of high status. Secondly, his attire. His clothes initially do not appear overly elaborate, yet his long cloak has a beautifully stiffened collar and a silver chain is fastened around his shoulders by a rosette or other shape. A lace collar peeps out from underneath it. In comparison to the hunters in the various tableaux, he is extremely well dressed for riding in the forest.
Completing his hunting outfit, in his left hand, he carries a large hunting bag (a Schwedler). Aristocratic bags of this type were traditionally beautifully decorated, with gold thread embroidery and semi-precious stones attached to them. Given the marquetry details it is admittedly hard to see the details but under a magnifying glass it looks like a dual portrait of a bearded man and blond haired woman with a black cap. August was known for his devotion to his wife, Anna of Denmark, so perhaps she accompanied him decoratively on these hunting trips, permanently to hand. Finally his tall crowned, small brimmed hat in a greenish hue is adorned, not with feathers as in the other images, but with greenery. A sprig of leaves is also to be found on his mount’s brow band.
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He is not illustrated on the same panel as his capital city but the procession is heading there. The footmen who are running ahead of the group make it clear that the two panels are a successive narrative. One of them turns to look at the viewer, as if to hold us back from August's path. We gaze back, pausing submissively to admire the cavalcade. What can be confirmed is that he was not returning from his hunting lodge as it had not yet been built. The building of the Jägerhof commenced in 1569 on the site of a suppressed catholic monastery. However I relish the idea that August regularly patrolled and hunted in the vicinity of his city; it connects him with both the urban and forest environment.
Taken individually, these points are tenuous. However, together they make a reasonably case for my conclusion. Furthermore this is a bench which he commissioned; why wouldn't be put himself on there?