Fragment with crowned lions, palmettes, and escutcheons

Fragment with crowned lions, palmettes, and escutcheons

1400s-1500s

Lampas: silk

Overall: 54.3 x 27.5 cm (21 3/8 x 10 13/16 in.); Mounted: 64.5 x 37.1 cm (25 3/8 x 14 5/8 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1944.240

Description

Pairs of yellow lions are framed beneath arches formed by elaborate green leaves in a sumptuous repeated pattern. The city of Granada in southern Spain, where the Alhambra palace stood, continued to be a major center for silk production and commerce through the 1500s. Because the upside-down shields contain no Arabic inscriptions, it was probably made after the fall of the last Muslim sultan to the Christian King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella in 1492.

See also
Collection: 
T - Islamic
Department: 
Textiles
Type of artwork: 
Textile
Medium: 
Lampas: silk

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