Towel with Border of Figures of Men and Animals

Towel with Border of Figures of Men and Animals

18th-19th century

Cutwork and drawnwork: linen; straight (continuous) bobbin lace (tape lace) edging

Overall: 48.4 x 154.1 cm (19 1/16 x 60 11/16 in.)

Gift of J. H. Wade 1921.1140

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Handmade lace for marriage dowries was produced in large quantities in Russia during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

Description

On each end of this cloth is a lace border depicting a man walking with his mule and two birds flying above. The man and his mule are approached by a large feline, perhaps a panther, which is a common motif in Russian textiles. Metallic and colored silk threads are used to render the figures and create individualized details.

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