Fragment of a Band with Confronted Birds, a Formal Tree, and Smaller Animals

Fragment of a Band with Confronted Birds, a Formal Tree, and Smaller Animals

1500s

Needle lace, burato (twined ground and darned in one direction); bleached linen (est.)

Overall: 39.1 x 45.6 cm (15 3/8 x 17 15/16 in.)

Gift of J. H. Wade 1920.1142

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The word lace derives from the Latin laqueus, meaning noose.

Description

Birds, perhaps eagles, confront each other on this corner fragment. Of particular interest is how they are surrounded by smaller animals and framed by a geometric structure. This could reference a family’s heraldry, or show the lace maker’s skill in rendering figural and geometric motifs.

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