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Textile (USA), 1920–1929

This is a Textile. It is dated 1920–1929 and we acquired it in 2003. Its medium is linen and its technique is screen printed on plain weave. It is a part of the Textiles department.

This textile pattern features Diana, Roman goddess of the hunt, bow in hand, accompanied by her hunting dogs and surrounding by her prey—antelopes or gazelles. Diana—as a metaphor for commerce and the hunt for profits—was a popular theme in the 1920s. This highly stylized rendering of the huntress surrounded by prancing animals may have been inspired by Paul Manship’s bronze sculpture, Diana (1925). The goddess in this pattern motif, with one leg in front and her torso twisted as she looks back at her bow and prey, as well as her hound, looking backwards with legs outstretched in mid-leap, are poised in the same way as the figures in Manship’s sculpture. The pattern repeat of the textile is completed by stylized vine-like foliage, reminiscent of the elaborate ironwork that was ubiquitous in much of Jazz Age architecture.

This object was featured in our Object of the Day series in a post titled Untraditional Art Deco .

It is credited Museum purchase through gift of Mrs. William Goulding.

  • Object ID #18692609
  • brush and white gouache, black wash, graphite on tan paper.
  • Museum purchase from Drawings and Prints Council Fund.
  • 2001-10-1

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Its dimensions are

H x W: 312.4 × 87 cm (10 ft. 3 in. × 34 1/4 in.)

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Textile (USA), 1920–1929; linen; H x W: 312.4 × 87 cm (10 ft. 3 in. × 34 1/4 in.); Museum purchase through gift of Mrs. William Goulding; 2003-7-2

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s.

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