Panel with Panthers, Birds, and Floral Motifs

18th-19th century
Location: not on view
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The Tree of Life, panther, and peacock are all ancient symbolic motifs introduced into lace patterns during the latter eighteenth century.


In this panel, a pair of panthers, a common motif in Russian textiles, flank a stylized Tree of Life. Two different types of birds fly above the scene. One bird is small, while the other is larger and similar to a peacock. The diamond patterning and geometric motifs throughout this lace are characteristic of Russian “peasant laces.”
Panel with Panthers, Birds, and Floral Motifs

Panel with Panthers, Birds, and Floral Motifs

18th-19th century

Russia, Nizhniy Novgorod, 18th-19th century

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