Plain weave linen with needle lace, burato (twined ground and darned in one direction); bleached linen (est.)
Overall: 80.3 x 334.3 cm (31 5/8 x 131 5/8 in.)
Dudley P. Allen Fund 1916.1884
Based on the ancient belief that the peacock’s flesh never decayed, they became a symbol of immortality and the Resurrection of Christ.
This large cloth shows a repeated pattern of confronted peacocks flanked by decorative motifs. More birds appear in the register above, and a pattern of four-legged animals is in the register below.
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