Germany, c. 1570s.
The collection’s tapestry is estimated to date from 1570s’ Germany. It depicts a hunt, with riders armed with spears hunting lions, as well as mythical beings such as griffins, in lush parkland. Tapestries were representations of the highest skills of the day’s artisans, being very difficult to make due to their size and technique. They were hand-woven from wool, silk and cotton threads, one pattern and colour field at a time.