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Detail from "The Hunters Enter the Woods"

Detail from The Hunters Enter the Woods, 1495–1505, South Netherlandish. Wool warp, wool, silk, silver, and gilt wefts; Overall: 12 ft. 1 in. x 10 ft. 4 in. (368.3 x 315 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Gift of John D. Rockefeller Jr., 1937 (37.80.1). See the Collection Database to learn more about this work of art.

Daffodils are among the flowers depicted in medieval tapestries of the millefleurs type. (The term “millefleurs,” from the French for “thousand flowers,” is used to designate woven designs with an all-over pattern of blossoming plants. The wild daffodil, Narcissus pseudonarcissus, is depicted here in the first of the Unicorn Tapestries. In the last of the series, The Unicorn in Captivity, the fruit of the narcissus is shown.

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