Jul 9, 2013
Dec 8, 2009
Dec 8, 2009

Fragment with crowned lions, palmettes, and escutcheons

Fragment with crowned lions, palmettes, and escutcheons


Silk: lampas weave

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



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.

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T - Islamic
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