Around the world in 8 galleries

Recently revisited “Interwoven Globe” at the Met and marveled once again at the fabulous designs.  Are these insects, flowers and animals not great?

one of many pairs of animals on a bedspread made in India around 1765 for the European market.  It made its way somehow to the US where it is thought it might have been a wedding gift to Philip Van Rensselaer and his bride Maria in 1768.
one of many pairs of animals on a bedspread made in India around 1765 for the European market. It made its way somehow to the US where it is thought it might have been a wedding gift to Philip Van Rensselaer and his bride Maria in 1768. 

from the same palampore (chintz used for bedspreads) -- a fabulous flower/bug/..?  you tell me…
from the same palampore (chintz used for bedspreads) — a fabulous flower/bug/…? you tell me…
this wonderful winged insect from another Indian palampore made mid 18th-century.
this wonderful insect-like flower from another Indian palampore made mid 18th-century

For a more serious take…see my review in the WSJ.