This scene appears to be taken from the story of David and Absalom. Tamar, the daughter of King David and Absalom's brother, was raped by her half-brother Amnon. The king refused to punish his son. Absalom, who was determined to avenge his sister, slew Amnon at a sheep-shearing contest he had organised. Absalom fled to another tribe while the King mourned his son. David's love for his son Absalom eventually overcame his anger and they reconciled.
A closely related border appears on a tapestry illustrating the Triumph of Fame which was sold anonymously in these Rooms, 14 June 1990, lot 178.