Panel with Panthers, Birds, and Floral Motifs

Panel with Panthers, Birds, and Floral Motifs

18th-19th century

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

Overall: 57.4 x 90.2 cm (22 5/8 x 35 1/2 in.)

Gift of Mrs. Rollin J. Stickle 1934.193

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Fun Fact

The Tree of Life, panther, and peacock are all ancient symbolic motifs introduced into lace patterns during the latter eighteenth century.

Description

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.”

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