Fragment of a Tapestry or Wall Hanging

Upper Rhenish

Not on view

This tapestry fragment represents a fabulous lionlike beast with pointed teeth, clawed feet, and a scaly rump. Such beasts, derived from those illustrated in classical texts like the Physiologus and medieval bestiaries, represent vices. Here the figures posed with them seem to have tamed their libidinous cravings. Such tapestries were displayed in homes providing decoration as well as insulation.

Fragment of a Tapestry or Wall Hanging, Tapestry weave: wool on linen, Upper Rhenish

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