Apr 8, 2016

Ornamental Square from a Tunic

Ornamental Square from a Tunic


Tapestry weave with supplementary weft wrapping; undyed linen and dyed wool

Overall: 21 x 20 cm (8 1/4 x 7 7/8 in.); Mounted: 28.6 x 27.6 cm (11 1/4 x 10 7/8 in.)

Gift of the John Huntington Art and Polytechnic Trust 1916.1980



Two mounted hunters armed with rocks pursue two lions in the center. The man on the left wears a short tunic, as does the woman on the right with a billowing skirt. Both hunters wear hats and high boots. The border displays curving acanthus leaves that alternately enclose running lions and hares. This square was sewn onto a tunic rather than woven in.

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