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18th Century Fine Brussels Tapestry, Silk Wool, Green, Blue, Mythological Theme

About the Item

This very fine Oudenaarde tapestry is one in the series related to the mythological story of Ulysses. It was woven in the late 18th century using the highest quality wool and silk. We believe the subject here dissipates a battle scene of mycological animals that were transformed by Circe, being fought by Ulysses. It also showcases a fountain and a garden in the foreground and two parrots on life like trees on each side. Circe was a goddess Pharmakeia (sorceress) who lived with her nymph attendants on the mythical island of Aiaia. She was skilled in the magic of metamorphosis, the power of illusion, and the dark art of necromancy. When Odysseus landed on her island she transformed his men into animals, but with the help of the god Hermes and Ulysses, he overcame the goddess and forced her to release his men from her spell.
  • Dimensions:
    Height: 116 in (294.64 cm)Width: 147 in (373.38 cm)Depth: 1 in (2.54 cm)
  • Style:
    Aubusson (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques:
    Silk,Wool,Hand-Knotted
  • Place of Origin:
  • Period:
  • Date of Manufacture:
    1700s
  • Condition:
    Wear consistent with age and use. some silk missing, some wear areas.
  • Seller Location:
    Port Washington, NY
  • Reference Number:
    Seller: MA4425261stDibs: LU96411245722
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