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A BRUSSELS BIBLICAL TAPESTRY, woven in wools and silks, depicting a bearded man greeting a courtly lady, her robe held by an attendant, beckoning his followers forward, in an extensive verdure landscape with a mounted group to the left hand side and a hunting party with their camels beyond, with a hillside town in the distance, enclosed within richly scrolling foliate borders with baskets and vases of flowers, citric fruits and exotic birds, the lower border with a central cartouche of Europa and the bull flanked by seated palm-bearing female guardians, within a later marine blue strip, the original border frayed and turned over, restorations, with a horizontal section replaced, late 16th/early 17th Century

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A BRUSSELS BIBLICAL TAPESTRY, woven in wools and silks, depicting a bearded man greeting a courtly lady, her robe held by an attendant, beckoning his followers forward, in an extensive verdure landscape with a mounted group to the left hand side and a hunting party with their camels beyond, with a hillside town in the distance, enclosed within richly scrolling foliate borders with baskets and vases of flowers, citric fruits and exotic birds, the lower border with a central cartouche of Europa and the bull flanked by seated palm-bearing female guardians, within a later marine blue strip, the original border frayed and turned over, restorations, with a horizontal section replaced, late 16th/early 17th Century
112½in. x 14¾in. (286cm. x 364cm.)

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Six pieces from a set of the Story of Jacob are discussed E. Standen, European and Post-Medieval Tapestries, in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, vol. I, New York, 1985, pp. 137-150. These all bear the unidentified weaver's mark CT or TC. A smaller version of this scene is illustrated p. 141, fig. 17b
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