Textile: H. 7 3/4 in. (19.7 cm) W. 29 1/2 in. (74.9 cm) Mat: H. 13 in. (33 cm) W. 34 in. (86.4 cm)
The Cloisters Collection, 1925
Not on view
This silk textile shows pairs of confronting coroneted 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 suggest that these textiles were mass-produced. For similar textiles in the museum’s collection, see also 11.23, 20.94.1, and 1981.372.
George Grey Barnard (American), New York (until 1925); John D. Rockefeller Jr.(The Cloisters Collection, New York, 1925; 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.