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Item # 31124 Period Antique Historical Tapestry 10'0" H x 10'4" W
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Item Number: 31124
Name: Historical Tapestry
Size: 10' 0" H x 10' 4" W
(3.05m x 3.15m)
Origin: Flemish
Style:
Size Category: Horizontal Tapestries
Square Tapestries
Vertical Tapestries
Antiquity: Circa Late 16th Century
Period Antique
Primary Design: Directional
Sub-Design: Pictorial
Design Genre Allegorical Tapestry
Game Park Tapestry
Genre Tapestry
Historical Tapestry
Hunting Tapestry
Field Color:
Green
Border Color:
Brown
Composition: Wool with silk inlay
Condition: Very Good
   
Subject: The Roman general Scipio after defeating Hannibal in the Battle of Zama
   
Description:

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.

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