12 December 2002
A BRUSSELS BIBLICAL TAPESTRY
By Jan Aerts, second quarter 17th Century
Woven in wools and silks, depicting Tobias departing to find a Travelling Companion from The Story of Tobit and Tobias, with Tobias and his dog leaving Tobit and Anna, within a grisaille border of scrolling foliage, decorated with various birds and medallions depicting to the top Jacob's Dream, to the right Esau Hunting, to the left Jacob and Rachel and to the bottom Rebecca imploring Jacob to deceive his Father, the corners with strapwork cartouches decorated with masks and with a blue outer slip, with Brussels town mark and weaver's mark, the top and bottom slip rewoven, the left hand slip partly rewoven
11 ft. 4 in. (347 cm.) x 10 ft. 10 in. (341 cm.)
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G. Delmarcel, Flemish Tapestry, Tielt, 1999, p. 363.
Jaarverslag Prinsenhof, 1959, pp. 20-24.
Museum Het Prinsenhof, Delft.
This scene depicts Tobias and his dog leaving Tobit and Anna to find a travelling companion. Tobit instructed Tobias to go to Gabael at Rages in Media to collect the ten talents he had deposited with him twenty years earlier.
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