Fragment with crowned lions, palmettes, and escutcheons

1400s-1500s
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.)
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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.
Fragment with crowned lions, palmettes, and escutcheons

Fragment with crowned lions, palmettes, and escutcheons

1400s-1500s

Spain, Granada

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