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|Size:||10' 0" H x 10' 4" W
(3.05m x 3.15m)
|Size Category:||Horizontal Tapestries
|Antiquity:||Circa Late 16th Century
|Design Genre||Allegorical Tapestry
Game Park Tapestry
|Composition:||Wool with silk inlay|
|Subject:||The Roman general Scipio after defeating Hannibal in the Battle of Zama|
A Flemish tapestry from the late 16th century, with the renowned Roman general, Scipio at left, after having conquered Carthage in the Battle of Zama, ending the Second Punic War.
Scipio stands victorious at left, dictating the terms of peace to Hannibal, standing at right with his retinue, after his forces were defeated in battle, with many of them defecting to the side of the Romans. In the middle distance at left, a Roman soldier, or possibly a Carthaginian defector, is shown slaying a lion, an African symbol of power. In the further distance at left are rolling hills, and at center, a town. With this decisive victory, Scipio earned the name Scipio Africanus the Elder.
The scene is enclosed within a scrolling foliate border, accentuated in all four corners with crests featuring motifs of lion heads or stylized faces, and a larger crest at the center of the upper border, featuring a lion’s head with horns. Wool with silk inlay.