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Fragment of brocade

Brocaded with gilded animal membrane wound on a linen core on a compound ground of white, green, blue and rose silks. Symmetrical pattern of confronted lions, their heads turned back, each with a short cape blowing out behind him. Not a complete repeat. Very worn, gold worn off.


Ratton (probably either Maurice or Charles Ratton), Paris; sold by Ratton to Adolph Loewi, Los Angeles; 1952, sold by Loewi to the MFA for $60. (Accession Date: May 15, 1952)

Credit Line

H. E. Bolles Fund

Italian, 1375–1400

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Medium or Technique

Linen and silk; brocade


Textiles and Fashion Arts