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Hermes silk twill scarf, hand rolled, 36" x 36"
Ref. H001920S 12
This carré squares the perpetual, circling beauty of the cheetah’s racing stride, its paws clustered tight in a concentration of power, before the body stretches out, as if in flight, in an almost perfect straight line. Running ‘flat out,’ as the saying goes, though the clumsy phrase does no justice to the animal’s perfect elegance and finesse. The four corners capture other facets of this exceptional creature: tender, peaceful, family scenes, and the innocent grace of the cubs, soon to become mighty predators in turn. Three thousand years ago, the ancient Sumerians, and later the Egyptians, trained cheetahs as hunting companions. In the sixteenth century, the Great Moghul Akbar was said to have captured nine thousand of them over the course of his reign. Based on studies by Robert Dallet – one of our finest wildlife artists, noted for his drawings of Big Cats – this carré is a tribute to a magnificent, threatened species.
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