Needle lace, filet/lacis (knotted ground and darned in two directions); bleached linen (est.)
Overall: 23.1 x 91.5 cm (9 1/8 x 36 in.)
Gift of J. H. Wade 1920.1160
Based on the ancient belief that the peacock’s flesh never decayed, they became a symbol of immortality.
The repeated sun and cross motifs, representing Christ and the Crucifixion, suggest this lace panel may have been used to ornament a Christian vestment, perhaps worn by a clergy member.
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