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Bequest of Marguerite Brokaw Adams
From the Exotic to the Mystical: Textile Treasures from the Permanent Collection, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, de Young Museum, 5/4/13 - 8/4/13
A distinct group of verdures combines orderly villages in the distance with foreground animals prowling in a forest of giant acanthus or cabbagelike leaves. In this panel, a wave of giant leaves curls toward the viewer, about to engulf a miniature giraffe and his fellow creatures, while a monkey and birds of all kinds, including an exotic turkey from the New World, ride the crest. The dichotomy of the upper and lower sections is emphasized by contrasting background colors. The sky strip, distant mountains, and clusters of buildings outlined in black are predominately golden in tone; the predatory animals are pale forms against greens and black of deep forest gloom. From Anna Gray Bennett, "Five Centuries of Tapestry: The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco" (San Francisco: Chronicle Books; The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, 1976; repr. 1992): p. 136.