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Cover with Unicorns

Date:
16th century
Culture:
Italian, Perugia
Medium:
Cotton and bast fibers
Dimensions:
33 × 87 1/2 in. (83.8 × 222.3 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Woven
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Edward S. Harkness, 1917
Accession Number:
17.85
Not on view
Unicorns join wyverns, centaurs, and stags on this striped cloth, typical of the work of weavers in Perugia. Such cloths with characteristic blue bands were used in both homes and churches. Attractive and utilitarian, these "Perugian cloths" so clearly met a wide demand that the industry remained vibrant for several centuries.
Mrs. Edward S. Harkness , New York (until 1917; to MMA)
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