Fragment, Silk; lampas


15th century
Attributed to Spain
Silk; lampas
Textile: H. 15 7/8 in. (40.3 cm)
W. 8 1/2 in. (21.6 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Clara Waldeck, in memory of her husband Hans Waldeck, 1980
Accession Number:
Not on view
This rectangular silk textile fragment displays a repetitive pattern of small flowers and plants in green, yellow, white, and blue in offset rows on a red ground. From the base of each plant spring small leaves and stems. Above each base, a lotus-like yellow flower with green buds and leaves rises from a palmette. Confronted long-necked birds with raised wings flank the stock.
This textile fragment is ornamented with a pattern of confronting long-necked birds perched on flower stalks, facing a taller central lotus. This imagery suggests the principle of the tree of life. At the bottom of the trees, date clusters spring from both sides at the base of the three lotus stalks, suggesting fertility and abundance.
Charles F. Iklé, New York (until d. 1963); his niece, Clara Waldeck, New York (until 1980; gifted to MMA)