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|Size:||11' 10" H x 12' 2" W
(3.61m x 3.71m)
|Size Category:||Horizontal Tapestries
|Antiquity:||Circa 17th Century
|Design Genre||Allegorical Tapestry
|Composition:||Wool with silk inlay|
|Subject:||Suleiman marries Emperor Emmanuel's niece|
A Brussels historical tapestry from the 17th century, depicting a scene from the epic of the legendary Mongol conqueror, Tamerlaine, victor over the Turkish Sultan Bajazet I, at Angora in 1402. In the 17th century, the military might of the Ottoman empire was especially feared throughout Europe, thus the popularity of depictions of defeats of this Oriental foe, whose power was decisively broken following the raising of the siege of Vienna in 1683.
In this episode, which commemorates the victory of Tamerlaine’s armies of the West over Sultan Bajazet I’s conquered forces of the East, Suleiman, Bajazet’s son, is wed to the niece of Emmanuel, Emperor of Constantinople. For the 17th century viewer, it illustrated the triumph of a well-known earlier battle while celebrating the contemporary success of Western forces.
Enclosed within a sumptuous border with vases filled with fruits and flowers, and interconnected by motifs of various birds and ribbon-ties. Wool with silk inlay.