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Partridges

Detail from The Unicorn is Attacked, ca. 1495–1505
South Netherlandish
Wool warp, wool, silk, silver, gilt wefts; 12 ft. 1 in. x 14 ft. (368 x 427 cm)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Gift of John D. Rockefeller Jr. 1937 (37.80.3)

The partridge had a reputation as a lustful, lecherous, and fertile bird. The partridge was sometimes said to steal the eggs of other species, as does the cuckoo.

See the Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History for an image of the full tapestry.

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