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<p>A fragment of wall covering from the 16<sup>th</sup> century, gilded leather, polychromed and decorated, 62 &times; 85 cm, Spain</p>

A fragment of wall covering from the 16th century, gilded leather, polychromed and decorated, 62 × 85 cm, Spain

A fragment of cordwain wall covering produced by sewing together two pieces of different sizes. The leather was initially silver-plated, then it was painted in gold colour, and finally the polychrome and decorations were applied. The main motif is presented in a golden tone on a brown background. The decoration forms a series or strip of sumptuous intertwined lines forming a lattice with floral motifs in the centre. The clear, simple design comes from the Gothic tradition with Moorish influences. The decoration is a reflection of the most characteristic fabrics and brocades of the period in which it was made.

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