Exhibitions/ Art Object

Cover with Unicorns

16th century
Italian, Perugia
Cotton and bast fibers
33 × 87 1/2 in. (83.8 × 222.3 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Edward S. Harkness, 1917
Accession Number:
Not on view
Unicorns join wyverns, centaurs, and stags on this striped cloth, typical of the work of weavers in Perugia. Such cloths with characteristic blue bands were used in both homes and churches. Attractive and utilitarian, these "Perugian cloths" so clearly met a wide demand that the industry remained vibrant for several centuries.
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