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$ 72,000

16th Century Flemish Tapestry Depicting Queen Esther, King Ahasuerus, and Haman

Origin Belgium
Period Pre 18th Century
Materials Wool, Silk.
W. 122 in; H. 130 in; D. 1 in;
W. 309.88 cm; H. 330.2 cm; D. 2.54 cm;
Condition Good.
Creation Date 1530
Description A magnificent Biblical tapestry in wool and silk likely made in the Flemish weaving center of Oudenaarde. With a history of tapestry production dating to 1368, the city created some of the finest tapestries of late Medieval and Renaissance Europe that were widely sought after across the continent. The 16th century, when this piece was woven, is considered Oudenaarde's golden age of design. After a decree under Charles V on May 16th 1544, compulsory trademarking of Oudenaarde-made pieces was enacted. This unmarked tapestry would suggest its creation prior to this date in the first half of the 16th century.

Rendered in striking blue, green, and gold thread, the tapestry with its surrounding border tells the story of the beautiful Queen Esther pictured to the right of King Ahasuerus with royal vizier Haman to his right pleading for his life after his plan to destroy the Jewish people was uncovered. Subsequently Haman himself is sentenced to death and the Jewish nation saved. This deliverance is celebrated to this day in the Jewish Feast of Purim. King Ahasuerus is generally held to be the history King of Persia Xerxes I who reigned from 486-465 BC.

Repaired: Restored by LES Looms of New York City. Rewoven. Wear consistent with age and use. Minor structural damages. Minor fading. Overall excellent condition with various repairs as expected with pieces of its age. Vibrant coloration. Professional restored, cleaned and conditioned. Prepared for hanging.
Styles / Movements Other, Traditional
Incollect Reference Number 418519
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