Art/ Collection/ Art Object


15th century
Silk; lampas
Textile: H. 10 1/4 in. (26 cm) W. 14 5/8 in. (37.1 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Clara Waldeck, in memory of her husband, Hans Waldeck, 1981
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 different slightly plant forms or animals suggest that these textiles were mass-produced. For similar textiles in the museum’s collection, see also 11.23, 25.120.453, and 20.94.1.
Charles F. Iklé, New York (until d. 1963); his niece, Clara Waldeck, New York (until 1981; gifted to MMA)
Phipps, Elena. "Cochineal Red: The Art History of a Color." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin (Winter 2010). p. 28, ill. fig. 48 (color).

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