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Item # 31663 Period Antique Mythological Tapestry 11'0" H x 10'0" W
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Item Number: 31663
Name: Mythological Tapestry
Size: 11' 0" H x 10' 0" W
(3.35m x 3.05m)
Origin: Flanders
Size Category: Horizontal Tapestries
Square Tapestries
Vertical Tapestries
Antiquity: Circa 18th Century
Period Antique
Primary Design: Pictorial
Sub-Design: Directional
Design Genre Allegorical Tapestry
Genre Tapestry
Historical Tapestry
Hunting Tapestry
Mythological Tapestry
Romantic Tapestry
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Border Color:
Composition: Wool with silk inlay
Condition: Very Good
Subject: Odysseus & Penelope

A Flemish mythological tapestry from the late 17th or early 18th century, envisioning Odysseus and Penelope, in a scene from the culmination of The Odyssey

For twenty years, Odysseus, the king of Ithaca, is away from his kingdom and feared lost as he encounters the many journeys and oddities of his titular odyssey at sea.  His faithful wife, Penelope, finds a way to hold out hope for him and fend off the many suitors who claim he is gone and want to take his place.  Odysseus finally returns from his odyssey in disguise as a beggar, and after seeing that his wife has remained faithful all these years, he helps to dispatch with all the treacherous suitors and regain his throne and his family. 

In this scene, Odysseus has eliminated the enemies and has revealed himself to Penelope, and they walk hand in hand, with the putti of love, Cupid walking before them, and with Penelope’s son from a previous relationship with the Greek deity Hermes, the demi-god Pan, watching intently from behind the trees in the left distance.  Enclosed within a foliate border.  Wool with silk inlay.  Excellent condition.

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