Panel with Birds, Flowers, and Suns

Panel with Birds, Flowers, and Suns

1500s-1600s

Needle lace, filet/lacis (knotted ground and darned in two directions); bleached linen (est.)

Overall: 23.1 x 91.5 cm (9 1/8 x 36 in.)

Gift of J. H. Wade 1920.1160

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Based on the ancient belief that the peacock’s flesh never decayed, they became a symbol of immortality.

Description

The repeated sun and cross motifs, representing Christ and the Crucifixion, suggest this lace panel may have been used to ornament a Christian vestment, perhaps worn by a clergy member.

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