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Maker(s):Unknown
Culture:French
Title:Millefleur tapestry with Parandrus
Date Made:16th century
Type:Textile
Materials:woven textile
Place Made:Europe
Measurements:flat: 59 x 79 in.; 149.86 x 200.66 cm
Accession Number:  AC T.1936.50
Credit Line:Bequest of William R. Mead

Label Text:
This tapestry panel is a pastiche of several millefleur tapestry fragments from the 15th century. The name "millefleur" derives from French and means "thousand flowers." This refers to the all over pattern of small flowers and plants common to these tapestries. The Parandrus that is featured prominently in the tapestry is a mythical beast. It is a creature that is the size of an ox and the color of a bear. It has long hair, cloven hooves, and branching horns coming from a stag's head. The Parandrus was able to change its appearance to conceal itself in its surroundings.

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