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Leopard Hunt tapestry
  • Belgium
    active: Belgium
  • Leopard Hunt tapestry, late 1500s–early 1600s
  • Where object was made: Brussels, Brabant (present-day Belgium)
  • silk, wool, weaving
  • Object Length/Width: 328 x 330.4 cm
    Object Length/Width: 129 1/8 x 130 1/16 in
  • Gift in memory of Mrs. E. Shields by Richard T. Shields and Caroline Shields Walker
  • Not on display
  • 1958.0115
Label Text

Tapestry depicting a figures and animals in a landscape. There are two leopards in the bottom left quadrant facing each other. The one on the left has its right paw on a circular mirror. There is another feline in the bottom left quadrant with a snake. In the middle ground are full-length figures carrying swords, shields and spears. Some of the soldiers are on horseback and there are other felines. In the background are trees, buildings, and figures. There is a river or stream in the top right quadrant. There is foliage in the foreground. There is a border around the left, bottom and right sides of the image. The left and right side borders alternate full length seated female figures and vases of flowers. The bottom has a kneeling winged figure on the center with multiple vases of flowers on either side.