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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1932.19
People
Unidentified Artist
Title
Leopard Hunt
Classification
Textile Arts
Work Type
tapestry
Date
1575-1600
Places
Creation Place: Europe, Belgium, Oudenaarde
Culture
Flemish
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/214789
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Textile fibers
Dimensions
248.9 x 235 cm (98 x 92 1/2 in.)
Provenance
Miss Mary Thatcher, gift; to Fogg Art Museum, 1932
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Miss Mary Thacher
Accession Year
1932
Object Number
1932.19
Division
European and American Art
Contact
am_europeanamerican@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
This tapestry shows a landscape with riders on horseback attacking leopards. In the foreground, two leopards play with a mirror while a monkey caresses her young. A palace with a formal garden, several bridges and a baldachin define the background. The tapestry no longer has its original borders. The simple gilded and blue border is a later addition. The subject, color scheme and style are consistent with verdure tapestry production in Oudenaarde in the last quarter of the 16th century. (Although similar tapestries were also produced in Brussels at this time).
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