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Tapestry (Bear Hunt and Falconry from a Hunts Series)

A work made of wool and silk, silt and single and double dovetailed tapestry weave.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of wool and silk, silt and single and double dovetailed tapestry weave.

Date:

c. 1525

Artist:

Franco-Flemish

About this artwork

This scene, the center section of a larger tapestry, depicts the dramatic pursuit of a bear, with falconers conducting a much tamer hunt in the background. Enthusiasm for hunting was widespread among the European aristocracy, and this popular pastime was a common subject for late medieval tapestries. Hunting was not simply a diversion for the privileged, but was also fundamental to the education of a nobleman, testing his intellectual and physical prowess. Hunts, which often took place over several days, were social occasion for both men and women. The women were often spectators, as this tapestry shows.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Textiles

Title

Tapestry (Bear Hunt and Falconry from a Hunts Series)

Place

Belgium (Object made in)

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Made 1515–1535

Medium

Wool and silk, silt and single and double dovetailed tapestry weave

Dimensions

259.8 × 337.5 cm (102 5/16 × 132 7/8 in.)

Credit Line

Purchased with funds provided by Mrs. Charles H. Schweppe through the Needlework and Textile Guild

Reference Number

1928.191

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