German / Fragment of a Tapestry or Wall Hanging / ca. 1420-1430German
Fragment of a Tapestry or Wall Hanging
ca. 1420-1430

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Creator Nationality: European; Northern European; German
Creator Name-CRT: German
Title: Fragment of a Tapestry or Wall Hanging
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Creation Start Date: 1420
Creation End Date: 1430
Creation Date: ca. 1420-1430
Object Type: Textiles
Classification Term: Textiles-Tapestries
Materials and Techniques: Tapestry weave: wool on linen
Dimensions: 33 7/16 x 29 1/2 in. (85 x 75 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 1990.211
Credit Line: The Cloisters Collection, 1990

This tapestry fragment represents a fabulous lionlike beast with pointed teeth, clawed feet, and a scaly rump. The remainder of the tapestry (or R├╝cklaken as such hangings are called in contemporary sources), which survives in the monastery of Muri Gries near Bolzano, represents courtly figures subduing similar fantastic animals. Such beasts, derived from those illustrated in classical and medieval texts on the nature of animals, symbolize vices related to concupiscence; they are subdued, which suggests the figures posed with them have conquered libidinous cravings. Such tapestries were displayed in domestic interiors at frieze level, offering decoration as well as insulation.

AMICA ID: MMA_.1990.211
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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