Woven border with the emblems of the Strozzi family, 1480–1600
Silk and linen; L. 139 in. (353.1 cm), W. (loom) 19 1/4 in. (48.9 cm)
Inscribed: sic et virtus expecto
Rogers Fund, 1951 (51.75)
This impressive long border of woven silk and linen in lively colors features two alternating motifs: three yellow half-moons, enfolded by branches upon which roses blossom, and a falcon (which plays on the word strozziere, or falconer) framed by a circuitous banderole. Upon the banderoles, the Latin phrases translate as: "I wait, and so does virtue." All of these motifs are associated with the Strozzi family of Florence and can be seen in other works associated with them, such as the Trebizond cassone exhibited nearby (14.39). It is possible that the border hung below a cornice in one of the rooms of their palace, the grandest in Renaissance Florence. The Strozzi suffered exile from Florence in the mid-fifteenth century, and the Latin phrase probably refers to that difficult period and their return to Florence.