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Shepherds in a Round Dance

Shepherds in a Round Dance

around 1500

Tapestry weave: wool and silk

Overall: 360.5 x 401.1 cm (141 15/16 x 157 15/16 in.)

Gift of Leonard C. Hanna, Jr., for the Coralie Walker Hanna Memorial Collection 1939.158


Late-medieval tapestries often use a limited yet contrasting color palette to portray stylized images. The expressions of these figures, for example, are conveyed more by their postures than by their faces. Four shepherds and shepherdesses join hands and dance to the music of a bagpiper at the far right, while a lord and two ladies on the left look on. A dog and sheep amidst blossoming plants and trees contribute to the festive pastoral scene in front of a castle.

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