Silk, gold thread; lampas weave
Overall: 115.6 x 33.7 cm (45 1/2 x 13 1/4 in.); Mounted: 120.7 x 36.8 cm (47 1/2 x 14 1/2 in.)
Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1947.294
Around 1400 an emerging interest in the bucolic world of nature encouraged a new trend among textile designers, as seen in the lions, hawks, dogs, and ducks on this luxury silk fragment. The continual influence of Chinese asymmetry, however, is evident in the prominent undulating palmette trees, enlarged from sinuous vines frequently seen in Italian silks and velvets from this period.
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