Fragment with Animal and Vegetal Motifs

Fragment with Animal and Vegetal Motifs

16th century

Needle lace, burato (twined ground and darned in two directions); unbleached and bleached linen (est.)

Overall: 29.2 x 32.2 cm (11 1/2 x 12 11/16 in.)

Gift of J. H. Wade 1920.1256

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

Description

The dark yellow of the unbleached linen ground allows for the pattern, worked in bleached linen in the burato technique, to prominently stand out. A thicker white thread outlines the design of stags in the top register, the vegetal motifs throughout, and the griffin or crowned eagle on the right.

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