Art/ Collection/ Art Object


15th century
Silk; lampas
Textile: L. 11 1/4 in. (28.6 cm) W.18 1/2 in. (47 cm) Mount: L. 14 5/8 in. (37.1 cm) W. 22 1/4 in. (56.5 cm) D. 1 3/8 in. (3.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Herman Van Slochem, 1911
Accession Number:
Not on view
This silk textile shows pairs of confronting lions on either side of a stylized tree, enclosed by swooping crimson-colored split palmette leaves and set against a green ground. The lions have been compared to a Granadine textile bearing Nasrid heraldic emblems and rampant lions, which possibly served as the model. Variants of this pattern, depicting slightly different plant forms or animals illustrate that these textiles were mass-produced. For similar textiles in the museum’s collection, see also 25.120.453, 20.94.1, and 1981.372.
Herman Van Slochem, New York (until 1911; gifted to MMA)
Rorimer, James J. "The Metropolitan Museum of Art." In Ultra-Violet Rays and their Use in the Examination of Works of Art. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1931.

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