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Tapestry

Tapestry

  • Place of origin:

    Tournai (probably, made)

  • Date:

    1500-1515 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wool woven over wool

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Sir John Charles Robinson

  • Museum number:

    375-1906

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Tapestry woven in coloured wools over woollen warps. It appears to represent a triumphal procession, or a caravan. Women holding babies in their arms ride upon the backs of richly caparisoned giraffes, which are led by soldiers. In the middle distance are more soldiers, and in the background trees. Along the top are traces of a fringe of tassels and grelots, and along the bottom a cresting of fleurs-de-lis. There is a narrow border of conventional leaf ornament.

Place of Origin

Tournai (probably, made)

Date

1500-1515 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Wool woven over wool

Dimensions

Weight: 61 kg, Height: 434 cm, Width: 640 cm

Descriptive line

1500-1515, Flemish; Tournai. Portuguese India, Giraffe Caravan

Materials

Wool

Techniques

Weaving

Subjects depicted

Women; Soldiers; Giraffes; Babies

Categories

Textiles; Tapestry; Interiors; Colonialism and Empire; Wall coverings

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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