Germany/Spain: 13/14th C V Museum Spain was the first country in Europe to develop silk production. This fragment could be German or Spanish, as the technique of embroidery used has been discovered in both countries. It has a woven pattern comprising heraldic devices: eagles alternate with lions rampant (lions standing on their hind legs). Rampant lions were the symbol of the province of northern Spain called León (which translates into English as lion).
Basil Blackshaw (Northern Irish, b. 1932), Two Trees, 1969. Oil on canvas, 120 x 120 cm.
Plastolux, 1970s