Pomegranate Head cloth

Twenty-two large, stylized pomegranates spring forth in a celebration of vitality and abundance, from the branches of a tree rooted in a delicately woven basket. Over five feet wide and six feet high, Pomegranates is the largest of some half dozen Blue and White Society works featuring this symbol of fecundity and well being. The pomegranate was a popular motif with both colonial needleworkers and Arts and Crafts artisans. This head curtain is part of a set of bed hangings created for Gertrude Metcalf of Holyoke, Massachusetts. Stitched with hand-dyed indigo blue and fustic golden yellow thread on a linen ground, tradition suggests that Pomegranates garnered the silver medal for color and design at the Panama-Pacific Exposition of 1915.

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