15th century

Image features a textile band with a lattice pattern having a cross in each diamond-shaped field. The lattice and crosses are white outlined with red, on a brown ground. Please scroll down to read the blog post about this object.
A Blended Colonial Aesthetic
In recognition of National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15, 2019), this week’s Object Of The Day posts celebrate Latinx design and designers’ works in the collection. This rather ordinary looking band is actually extraordinary. Made in Mexico during the Spanish colonial period (likely mid-15th- early 16th c.) it is composed with a Spanish aesthetic,...
Image features a quilt, the off-white surface with an octagon and diamond grid. Each diamond contains a four-legged animal: one with large antlers, another with a bird perched on its back. Each octagon has an eight-pointed star containing fantastic animals of various types with wings, antlers, tails; some are four-legged and others are bird-like. Please scroll down to read the blog post about this object.
A Quilted Menagerie
Author: Kathryn Berenson Playful birds and beasts parade from left to right across this quilted and corded decorative textile (inv. 1976-68, dimensions 78.5 x 33.5 inches). Each crowned eagle, proud peacock and rooster, amiable lion, flying dragon, and four-legged beast with antlers but no head, appears within an 8-point star set inside a 6-inch-wide octagon....