Date: ca. 1420–30
Geography: Made in Basel, Switzerland
Culture: Upper Rhenish
Medium: Tapestry weave: wool on linen
Dimensions: 33 7/16 x 29 1/2 in. (85 x 75 cm)
Credit Line: The Cloisters Collection, 1990
Accession Number: 1990.211
This fragment of a weaving, or Rücklaken—a tapestry hung in a domestic interior at frieze level—represents a fabulous composite beast, part horse and part lion, wearing a collar ornamented with small bells that is attached to a leash held by a hand, visible at the left, which is now all that remains of a missing figure. Such animals were often depicted alongside courtly couples, shown leading or subduing them, and they are frequently associated in inscriptions on surviving tapestries with themes of love or unspoiled nature.