Art/ Collection/ Art Object


late 12th–early 13th century
Attributed to Spain
Silk, metal-wrapped thread; lampas, brocaded
Textile: H. 4 3/4 in. (12.1 cm) W. 5 3/4 in. (14.6 cm) Mount: H. 8 1/2 in. (21.6 cm) W. 9 in. (22.9 cm) D. 1 1/4 in. (3.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1927
Accession Number:
Not on view
The decoration on this textile fragment consists of circular medallions with images of addorsed quadrupeds standing on their hind legs. The void between the animals’ bodies contains a plant-like form, suggesting the tree of life. Alternating with the medallions, a row of eight-pointed starts is depicted- a traditional Spanish motif. Depictions of animal forms within framing devices were also common decorative motifs in objects produced around the Mediterranean in the medieval period, and can be found ornamenting wood, textiles, ivory, metalwork and ceramics.
[ Adolph Loewi, Venice, until 1927; sold to MMA]
Weibel, Adele Coulin. "The Figured Textiles of Europe and the Near East." In Two Thousand Years of Textiles. New York: Pantheon Books, 1952. p. 5, ill. fig. 38.

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